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Epidural Steroid Injections

What is it?

This is a procedure that is commonly used to help relieve neck and lower back pain, and less commonly, abdominal, pelvic, groin, perineal and rectal pain.

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle precisely into the epidural space near where nerves may be impinged causing pain. Steroid medication is then injected along these nerves to decrease inflammation and irritation of the nerves. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.

What patients are candidates?

Patients with neck and/or lower back pain from nerve impingement from disc herniation, sciatica, and nerve root compression may be candidates for the injection.

How long does the procedure take?

15-20 minutes

Recovery

Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection.