An epidural injection is an interventional pain management technique. It involves your Crenshaw Interventional Pain Specialists provider administering a shot containing corticosteroids and pain medication to the epidural space that surrounds your spine. To achieve maximum effect, your provider may guide the needle using ultrasound-guided imaging.
Ultimately, the goal of an epidural injection is to relieve pain, inflammation, and swelling in or around your spinal nerve roots. Depending on the source of your back pain, epidural injections can provide relief for weeks or months at a time.
What types of pain can an epidural injection treat?
Crenshaw Interventional Pain Specialists regularly uses epidural injections to treat a wide range of pain-causing problems, including:
How do I prepare for an epidural injection?
Before receiving an epidural injection, your Crenshaw Interventional Pain Specialists provider conducts a physical exam and reviews your medical history. Your provider also gives you specific instructions on how to prepare and adjusts your prescription medications as necessary.
The day before your procedure, your provider might ask you to avoid eating or drinking certain foods and beverages to prevent an upset stomach or other side effects.
On the day of your appointment, you change into a gown and lie down on a special fluoroscopic table. This gives your provider easy access to the injection sites. After your injections, make sure you have a friend or family member available to drive you home.
Does an epidural injection hurt?
Epidural injections are safe and well-tolerated. Some people experience no pain, while others experience a feeling of tingling or pressure during the procedure. If you have a swollen or sensitive back, you might also experience a burning sensation or mild discomfort.
The pain medication doesn’t always take effect right away. Usually, pain subsides in the first 48 hours following your appointment. Be patient and follow your provider’s recovery instructions accordingly. Depending on the cause of your back pain, a series of epidural injections may be necessary.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of epidural injections, request an appointment at Crenshaw Interventional Pain Specialists today by calling the office or booking online.
If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room.