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Epidural Steroid Injection

The epidural space houses nerves that run the length of the spine and into the low back and legs. If these nerves become inflamed through a damaged disc or contact from the bony structure of the spine, it can cause the patient a great amount of pain.

While an epidural steroid injection will not solve the cause of the pain problem (disc damage, arthritis, spinal stenosis, etc.), it can provide pain relief to help the patient increase function and get back to daily activities. Research shows that 70%-90% of patients experience pain relief lasting for a week to a year. Many studies have documented the short-term effectiveness of epidural steroid injections, but the data on long-term effectiveness are less convincing. This is why if the first injection goes well a second may be administered when the effects of the first taper off. Usually, patients can be given up to 3 injections in a year before a different form of treatment may be considered. 

The goal of an epidural steroid injection is to control pain by reducing inflammation around nerve roots, improve mobility and function in the lower back and legs, and allow the patient to participate in and make progress with a comprehensive physical therapy or rehab program. It is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed at a doctor’s office, surgical center, or hospital. Patients usually return home the same day. 

At Las Vegas Spine and Pain Center, an epidural steroid injection can be performed in our state-of-the-art procedure center. The injection consists of a local anesthetic and a steroid, providing both short and long-term pain relief. The side effects typically resolve in a few minutes to hours and consist of Post-injection pain, nausea, headache, and dizziness. If you would like to learn more about the epidural steroid injection procedure please watch the video below.

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