Epidural Steroid Injections / Nerve Root Blocks – BZ Pain

Epidural Steroid Injections / Nerve Root Blocks

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An epidural steroid or nerve block injection is a standard pain management procedure used to treat inflamed spinal nerve pain. The medicine spreads through the epidural, soothes and reduces inflammation.

The injection consists of a steroid and saline (free of preservatives) and is delivered in the epidural space of your spine.

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Differences between Epidural Steroid Injections and Nerve Root Blocks:

Nerve Root Blocks target a specific nerve that needs to be managed by injecting the medication around the structure - epidural is injected into the epidural space allowing a symptomatic relief to a larger area.

Do you need an Epidural Steroid Injection or Nerve Block Injection?

Some patients who have had success with epidural steroid injections or nerve block injections are those who experience:

Lower back pain
Torso pain
Arm pain
Leg pain
Neck pain

You may have heard it be referred to as Sciatic Nerve Pain. People who have herniated discs or spinal stenosis tend to suffer from radicular pain. Patients suffering from radicular pain due to a nerve root that has been irritated or compressed may also benefit from this procedure.

In some cases, an epidural injection may be used to treat osteoarthritis in the spine as well. Upon examination, we will be able to inform you of whether or not this treatment is a good option for you.

Epidural Steroid Injection Procedure

There is no reason to be worried or scared of receiving an epidural injection or nerve block injection. The procedure is very quick and easy. It only takes a few minutes to administer and a brief period to recover. You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area before the injection.

We will use X-Ray during every procedure. Your physician will point the needle into the epidural space and inject a small amount of the medication. It is normal to experience a little discomfort initially. Patients describe the feeling as a slight pressure.

After the epidural or nerve root injection, most patients can walk around normally. It’s recommended that you have someone to drive you home afterward. You should be functioning, as usual, the following day. If you are sore around the injection spot, you can use a pain reliever such as Tylenol or an ice pack.

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How long do Epidural Steroid or Nerve Root Injections last?

The results of epidural injections can vary. Some patients only need one injection, and others may need two or three. You can experience the benefits of your injection for days or even years. The effectiveness will depend on each patient. Epidural injections are used to provide relief so that patients can continue with their normal daily activities.