Epidural Steroid Injection in West Palm Beach, FL
An epidural steroid injection may be the first treatment option recommended for your neurological condition. Charles S. Theofilos, MD, is an internationally respected neurosurgeon who specializes in achieving positive patient outcomes with conservative treatment approaches, such as epidural steroid injections. He is the founder of The Spine Center, a leading neurology practice serving patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, south Florida and countries around the world.
What is an Epidural Steroid Injection?
An epidural steroid injection is a long-lasting steroid injected 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 surrounding 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.
What are the Benefits of an Epidural Steroid Injection?
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.
What is the Procedure for an Epidural Steroid Injection?
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.
What Happens During a Consultation for Epidural Steroid Injections?
Dr. Theofilos is a recognized expert in neurosurgery and the treatment of neurological conditions. Each patient undergoes a comprehensive examination that lasts one to three hours. If his findings determine you will benefit from epidural steroid injection treatments which can be scheduled at a later date. If you are not a good candidate for this treatment, he outlines alternative options offering the greatest long-term benefit for your specific symptoms. These injections can be performed at his office under supervised anesthesia IV sedation to allow for a pain-free experience. After the appointment, we review cost information with you, including our financing option through LendingUSA®. Epidural steroid injections may be the first course of treatment for managing your symptoms. An accurate diagnosis is the only way to know if this is the best approach for your case. If you suffer from a neurological condition or live with pain, contact us to schedule a personal consultation or complimentary MRI review. The Spine Center was founded by Charles S. Theofilos, MD, a world-renowned neurosurgeon who serves patients from West Palm beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, south Florida and locations around the world.