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Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections are steroids administered to relieve pain.


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What is a Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection?

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Transforaminal epidural steroid injection is a procedure that provides short-term relief from pain.

Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection Procedure Essentials

Patient Satisfaction. Very High
Does It Require an Overnight Stay? No
Incision Size. None
Purpose. Diagnosis and pain relief of up to one year.

Physicians Who Perform Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections

North American Spine partner physicians are board-certified, minimally invasive specialists in transforaminal epidural steroid injection 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.



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Benefits of the 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.

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.

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.