The Epidural Steroid Injection Experts
Epidural steroid injections are shots of corticosteroids in the epidural space near the spinal cord. They are aimed at reducing inflammation and easing pain.
Physicians Who Perform Epidural Steroid Injections
North American Spine partner physicians are board-certified, minimally invasive specialists in epidural steroid injections and other related procedures. They are among the best in the field, and many have served as teachers of the next generation of minimally invasive specialists.
Unlike at most practices, North American Spine partner physicians may collaborate on a complex procedure to ensure that all the required skill and knowledge is brought to the case. But perhaps the most telling fact of all is this: 97% of patients say they would recommend their doctor to a friend.
I had a bulging disc, sciatica, and annular tear damage. After my procedure, I'm back working at the fire station, playing golf, running, and doing anything and everything. PAIN FREE.
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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.
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.
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.
To determine if you are a candidate for an epidural steroid injection, contact us anytime at 855.681.7480 or submit a form on this page.