Epidural Steroid Injection

Who?

Patients who are experiencing shooting arm or leg pain, sciatica, bulging or herniated discs, or shingles usually benefit from an Epidural Steroid Injection.

What?

An Epidural Steroid Injection is the placement of a very strong anti-inflammatory medication (similar to cortisone) and a local anesthetic (like Novocain) close to injured nerves as they exit the spine where they become pinched or irritated.

Why?

The injected steroid medication helps to reduce the swelling of nerves and surrounding tissue, stop the release of painful chemicals, and promote healing.
 
Where?

When the nerve exits the spine, it passes through a short tunnel. This is where they can become pinched or irritated by a 
herniated disc, arthritis of the spine, or swelling that blocks 
the nerve’s path.

 

Watch a video about Epidural Steroid Injection

Before Your Injection:

  • Please advise your physician if you are on a blood thinner. 
    You must receive specific instructions on when to temporarily 
    discontinue the medication. 
  • If you take medicines for other medical conditions such as blood pressure, seizures, thyroid disease, or reflux, you should take them when you normally do.
  • Do not take more than 81 mg of aspirin per day for 7 days prior to the Epidural Steroid Injection.
  • Wear short sleeves and loose comfortable clothing such as sweats and a tee shirt for lower back procedures or a thin strapped tank top for neck procedures. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown prior to the procedure.
  • Please talk to us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedure before your appointment.