Low back and sciatica pain are commonly treated with epidural steroid injections. This particular type of spinal injection has been effective in treating back problems since 1952. Today, it is a key component of an all-inclusive approach to non-surgical pain management and provides temporary yet significant pain relief to patients with lumbar and sciatica pain. Some patients seek injections on their own, and others choose injections in conjunction with specific rehabilitative exercises for long-term pain management.
By opting for epidural steroid injections, one can expect relief from back pain that varies in length. It is possible to feel relief for as little as a week or as long as one year. Most patients keep receiving injections as part of a comprehensive plan to manage pain effectively as directed by their trusted pain physicians. At Garden State Pain Control, we utilize a variety of techniques to reduce the discomfort of back pain and improve the mobility in our patients. Injections are a popular option for pain relief due to their success rate.
Such injections are generally effective in treating pain from sciatica, a condition in which pressure on the sciatic nerve causes pain to radiate throughout one’s lower back and legs. This condition affects millions of people, and approximately 3 million new patients report sciatica symptoms every year. An epidural injection delivers pain medication directly to the source of the pain, which is the main advantage it has over over-the-counter or prescription pain medications.
Despite the fact that an injection is non-surgical, it is still considered an invasive method because it involves coming into contact with and penetration of the skin. An epidural injection is performed using a fluoroscopic imaging technique to guide the medical practitioner applying it. By following along with the X-ray image, the practitioner can clearly see where to direct the injection, which contains a medication that utilizes cortisone, a steroid, to alleviate pain.
Due to the fact that the injection penetrates skin, risk of infection is always present although the risk is extremely rare, as affections develop in fewer than 1% of cases. Another rare complication is bleeding, which can be a bigger risk for patients with underlying disorders that make them more prone to bleeding upon having a medical procedure.
Side effects can include a localized increase in pain, headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, fever, high blood sugar, and more. Consult with an expert pain management physician to discuss the pros and cons of an epidural steroid injection to relieve your back pain. We have several convenient pain management clinics throughout New Jersey. Contact 973-777-0304 to set up an appointment today.