Epidural Steroid Injection

An epidural steroid injection delivers steroids directly into the epidural space in the spine. The steroids serve as a potent anti-inflammatory which is deposited at or very close to the site of pain via a needle under live x-ray imaging. These injections can help control local inflammation while also "flushing out" inflammatory proteins and chemicals from the local area that may contribute to and worsen pain.

The effects of the injection tend to be temporary, providing relief from pain for one week up to one year. An epidural can be very beneficial for a patient during an acute episode of back and/or leg pain, and can provide sufficient pain relief to allow a patient to progress with a rehabilitative stretching and exercise program. If the initial injection is effective for a patient, he or she may have up to three in a 6-month period.

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