An epidural injection can be performed in your cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine in order to provide pain relief and relieve swelling and inflammation. Epidural injections are a minimally invasive procedure than can deliver quick pain relief and allow clients to improve their function and become active again. These injections can also offer helpful diagnostic information to your physician.
For cervical epidural injections, the most common conditions treated include cervical radiculopathy, chronic neck pain, headaches, and spinal stenosis.
For lumbar epidural injections, the most common conditions treated include lumbar radiculopathy, chronic low back pain, sciatica, and spinal stenosis.
Injections can be done under local anesthetic or with sedation by an anesthesiologist. The physician will sterilize the area and numb the skin with local anesthetic. Using fluoroscopy (or x-ray guidance), a needle is inserted into the epidural space. Usually, contrast dye is injected to ensure proper positioning, then corticosteroid and local anesthetic is injected. The procedure typically takes 10-15 minutes.
Some medications such as blood thinners may need to be stopped several days before the procedure. Our office will provide this information to you prior to the injection.
Some clients may require up to three epidural injections; this is individually assessed with a personalized plan by your physician. Relief from the injection may occur within a few days to up to 2 weeks.
If you think you may be a candidate for an epidural injection, please call our office to schedule an appointment.