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Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections are steroids administered to relieve pain.

Benefits of Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections are injected into the spinal foramen, which is an opening on the side of the spine that allows a nerve root to exit. These types of injections are similar to other pain-blocking injections. They are distinguished by their name: “transforaminal” means “across the foramen.” The purpose of these injections is pain relief. As a step before spine surgery, they can provide short-term relief from pain and are non-invasive. Depending on the severity of your pain, you may have up to three steroid injections per six months. The patients who benefit most from transforaminal steroid injections tend to be those with pain radiating into the arms or legs rather than those whose pain stays in one place in the back or neck.

To determine if you are a candidate for a transforaminal steroid injection, contact one of our Patient Care Managers at 877.474.2225. If you have already seen a physician, send us a copy of your recent MRI or CT for review using the form on this page.

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Details of the Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

A Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection is a treatment for pain caused by inflamed and irritated spinal nerves. Medication is put into the fatty cushion layer that surrounds the spinal nerves. The area to be treated is accessed through the foramen which is an opening or space on either side of the spinal column through which the spinal nerves exit. This approach allows medication to be targeted as precisely as possible near the pain-generating nerve and/or disc. X-ray dye is injected to be sure the needle is positioned correctly for the area to be treated. 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 Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

Before receiving a steroid injection, most physicians will require an MRI or CT-scan to get a clear picture of what could be causing the pain. Often, a steroid 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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Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection Recovery

Most patients will be able to return to normal activities the next day, though the injection site may have some dull soreness. Side effects–including headaches and infections–are rare. Your physician will counsel you on these risks prior to the procedure.

To determine if you are a candidate for a transformational steroid injection, contact us anytime at 877.474.2225 or submit a form on this page.

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Testimonial

Barbara D.

Condition: Herniated Disc

Procedure: ACDF

“Almost all of my symptoms have resolved and I have full use of everything.”

"My quality of life was falling fast with the inability to use both of my arms and hands due to numbness...I am still in the healing process, however life is great now. Almost all of my symptoms have resolved and I have full use of everything. I can grab something and actually hold onto it."

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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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