Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a common treatment option for many forms of low back pain and leg pain. They have been used for low back problems since 1952 and are still an integral part of the non-surgical management of sciatica and low back pain. The goal of the injection is pain relief; at times the injection alone is sufficient to provide relief, but commonly an epidural steroid injection is used in combination with a comprehensive rehabilitation program to provide additional benefit.
There are many variations of epidural steroid injections dependent on the area of the spine a patient is experiencing pain.
This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders and arms caused by a pinched nerve or nerves in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or radiculopathy can compress nerves, causing inflammation and pain. Medication injected here helps decrease the swelling of these nerves.
This procedure relieves pain in the upper back. The injection is a steroid-anesthetic mix into the epidural space reducing inflammation and pain.
This injection procedure is performed to relieve low back pain and radiating leg pain. Steroid medication can reduce inflammation caused by spinal conditions.
At Newbridge Spine & Pain Centers our board certified physicians perform Epidural Steroid Injections if this course of treatment is deemed appropriate for the patient. To find out if an epidural steroid injection is the right course of treatment for your pain schedule a consultation with one of our offices.