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Epidural Steroid Injection

Epidural steroid injections are shots of corticosteroids in the epidural space near the spinal cord. They are aimed at reducing inflammation and easing pain.

Benefits of Epidural Steroid Injection

Epidural steroid injections offer several benefits. As an alternative to laser spine surgery, they can provide short-term relief from pain, are minimally invasive, and are fairly inexpensive. While the relief provided by these injections tends to be temporary (up to one year), physicians have noted and studies have borne out that the relief is sufficient to allow a person to return to an exercise or physical therapy regime, this bolstering their ability to heal themselves.

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Details of the Epidural Steroid Injection

An epidural steroid injection may be administered by a neurologist, pain specialist, or some other type of physician. Local anesthesia or light sedation will be administered, and needle guidance will be provided by fluoroscopy or X-ray. The injection–which is typically not painful–takes 15-30 minutes.

Preparing for the Epidural Steroid Injection

Before receiving an injection, most physicians will require an MRI or CT-scan to get a better picture of what could be causing the pain. Often, an injection is often just one portion of the conservative treatment method a physician may suggest to treat back or neck pain. Other methods include physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments. If these conservative methods have not produced meaningful, long-lasting relief, you may be a candidate for a surgical North American Spine procedure.

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Epidural Steroid Injection Recovery

Most patients will be able to return to work or play the very next day, though the injection site may have some dull soreness. Epidural steroid injections are safe, and side effects–including headaches and infections–are rare. Your doctor and your Patient Care Manager will be able to discuss your specific case and any risks with you prior to the procedure.

While every medical procedure carries some risk of injury or infection, complications and adverse events are very rare.

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Jerry P

Condition: Annular Tear

Procedure: IntelliSpineSM (Lumbar)

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

“I am now able to go back to the gym 5 days a week”

“Prior to the surgery, I was plagued with constant lower back pain and was subject to random flare-ups… Immediately after the surgery, I experienced some pain, but it was a different type of pain from the surgery itself. I was given a prescription for pain medicine that I filled after the surgery, but I never needed to take it. In fact, my wife and went to dinner that night after the surgery. As each day passed, the surgery pain got less and after about 14 days, I was totally pain free.”

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Some of our former patients have been kind enough to offer to speak with back and neck pain sufferers who are looking into treatment options. We encourage you to take them up on it! After we determine a treatment plan, we’ll connect you with a past patient who had a similar condition and procedure.

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