If you suffer from neck or back pain that doesn’t improve with medical care, an epidural steroid injection may be the treatment you need for long-term relief. The physicians at Rincon Pain and Spine have extensive experience performing these pain-relieving injections and helping their patients return to the activities they love and a life they enjoy. To request an appointment, call the office in east or northwest Tucson, or simply use the online booking feature today.
An epidural steroid injection contains steroids and a local anesthetic. The steroids significantly reduce nerve inflammation, while the anesthetic provides immediate pain relief.
Epidural injections are placed into the epidural area of your spine. This space runs along the spine, outside the protective membrane covering the spinal cord. Injections targeting the epidural space produce optimal results because the medications can flow around the nerves.
Epidural injections relieve pain caused by inflamed and compressed spinal nerves. You may feel the pain in your back, neck, legs, or arms, depending on whether the pinched nerve is in your neck or lower back.
Pinched nerves are frequently caused by:
Your doctor at Rincon Pain and Spine may also recommend an epidural steroid injection if you have pain following spine surgery or you suffer from postherpetic neuralgia.
Your doctor at Rincon Pain and Spine uses a local anesthetic to numb the injection site, so you’ll be comfortable but awake during the procedure. Using real-time imaging to view the spinal nerves and epidural space, your doctor guides the needle to the inflamed nerves.
After the needle is in place, your doctor first injects a contrast dye to see exactly where the medication will flow once it’s injected. Then your doctor injects the medication into the epidural space, and your procedure is complete.
You can get up and walk around shortly after the injection, but you’ll be monitored for a time before you’re released. Though your injection site may be sore for several days, you can get back to your normal activities the next day.
It takes several days for steroids to reduce inflammation. After the anesthetic wears off, you’ll need to wait for the steroids to take hold before you know the extent of your pain relief.
Each patient responds differently. However, an epidural typically reduces pain for several weeks to months. If you don’t get sufficient pain relief with one shot, you may need several injections spaced one to four weeks apart.
The team at Rincon Pain and Spine has a surgery center attached to their practice to handle epidural steroid injections and save you time. To see if you’re a good candidate, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online.