Epidural Steroid Injection is an injection of a long lasting steroid into the epidural space in your spine. Depending on the doctor’s order; you may receive an anesthetic or “numbing” medication mixed with the steroid as well. The epidural space is the area that surrounds the nerves and the spinal cord. The medication helps to reduce the inflammation and/or swelling surrounding a nerve, thus we can hopefully decrease the amount of pain and discomfort you have.
We cannot tell you if they will work for a day, a month, a year, forever, or if they will help at all. Every patient’s experience can be different depending on factors such as severity of condition, age, weight, level of current activity and many others. Epidural Steroid Injections cannot “fix” a herniated disc, but may bring you enough relief to live your life without the need for surgical intervention. While no treatment can be guaranteed, Epidural Steroid Injection has had success for many patients.
The doctor will inject with a very thin needle a “numbing” medication into the skin. Then he will use a similarly thin needle to inject the medication into the epidural space. There will be some discomfort involved, but it will be over before you know it.