Epidural Injections FAQs

Epidural Injections FAQs

Epidural Injections FAQs

Epidural Injections FAQs

What do I need to know about epidural injections?

According to research published in physician journals, epidural injections of local anesthetic with or without steroids may effectively manage compression or inflammation of a spinal nerve. 

What is an epidural injection?

An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is an injection of anti-inflammatory medicine into the space around your spinal nerves to treat pain caused by irritation and inflammation of spinal nerve roots.

Car accidents have hurt the spine, causing excruciating pain as a result of the car crash. Epidural steroid injections are injected in the lumbar spinal area, as a way to relieve pain. This is considered a non-invasive treatment for lower back pain after a car accident.

What are the Different Types of Epidural Steroid Injections?

  • Transforaminal epidural steroid injection. …
  • Caudal epidural steroid injection. …
  • Interlaminar epidural steroid injection.

What Conditions Are Treated Through Epidural Injection?

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Radicular cervical pain
  • Radicular back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Degenerative disc pain.
  • Herniated disc pain.
  • Leg pain following sciatica
  • Radiculitis
  • Bilateral radicular pain

Epidural Injections Quick Summary:

What is an epidural injection? An epidural injection is a shot of steroid medication into your spine, given through a needle.

How does an epidural injection work? The steroid medication reduces inflammation and decreases pain inflammation.

What type of pain does an epidural injection treat? The injection treats pain from a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, nerve pain, and other low back pain conditions.

How does an epidural injection work? The injection works by numbing the nerves and reducing pain.

How long does an epidural injection take? The injection takes only a few minutes.

Does an epidural injection hurt? The injection is given through a needle, so it does not hurt.

Is an epidural injection safe? The injection is safe. There is a small risk of bleeding and infection, but this is rare.

Can I drive after an epidural injection? You should not drive for 24 hours after the injection.

Can I go to work after an epidural injection? You can go back to work the next day. When will I feel better after an epidural injection? You should feel better within a few days. How many epidural injections will I need? You may need more than one injection.



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