Epidurals, or epidural steroid injections (ESI), are a combination of corticosteroid and a local anesthetic pain reliever. Corticosteroids are effective anti-inflammatory medicines that can take the burden off nerves and other soft tissues. An ESI is used to alleviate pain and inflammation that is created by pressure on spinal nerve roots.
ESIs are typically only tried when other non-surgical treatments have failed to relieve severe and consistent pain in the neck, arm, back, and legs. Conditions for receiving an epidural steroid injection can include:
Before one of our physicians performs an ESI, they will first review a patient’s medical history and also their previous imaging studies. This is going to empower the physician with the information they need to plan the best tactic for the injections.
The actual procedure can last anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes. A patient will be able to walk around immediately, but will be required to stay for a short period after the procedure for some monitoring. We will recommend that you don’t drive and someone takes you home after the procedure.
If a patient only feels mild pain relief, more injections can be issued, but that will be decided by a medical professional. If you’re interested in having a Unity physician check and see if an epidural steroid injection is right for you, book an appointment with us today.