Lower back pain can be a debilitating condition. It can affect everything from sitting down to walking, and even laying down in your bed. The pain could also migrate to your hips and down to your legs. Typical pain medications and anti-inflammatory meds can help, but epidural steroid injections are the best course of action to relieve debilitating pain.
Epidural steroid injections are an excellent solution for non-opiate temporary pain relief with results lasting weeks or even months. Steroid injections are a perfect addition to further lower back therapies.
How Do Epidural Steroid Injections Work?
By using an extremely thin needle, a member of our medical team will directly inject a mixture of steroids and other fluids into the epidural space in your spine. This mixture of cortisone and lidocaine helps pain relief in several ways.
The primary function is to initiate pain relief, which is done with lidocaine. Lidocaine is a popular anesthetic that is often added to procedures which require an injection. It acts as a carrier for cortisone and both act as pain relievers with cortisone acting in a delayed fashion.
Cortisone acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. When the spine is inflamed, it causes stress on the areas around it, which causes pain. Bringing down this inflammation goes a long way to stopping the pain.
What is the Procedure Like?
The procedure is a same-day appointment which lasts around a half an hour. The process starts with you lying on your stomach, with your lower back exposed. A member of our medical team will then apply an anesthetic gel to your back. Once the numbing agent has taken effect, we will inject the steroid mixture into your back. You will be mildly sedated throughout the procedure.
The pain felt by the procedure is often described as no more than a mere pinprick and features no recovery time. The number one, and most desirable, side effect is the feeling of pain relief in your back and legs.
Once the procedure is complete, it will be up to you and a member of our medical team to determine how many follow up appointments will be necessary. Typically, patients are given up to three injections per year, but this number could change depending on how your body responds to treatment.
Lower back pain doesn’t need to affect your life any longer! Call our offices today and learn about how a quick and easy epidural steroid injection could give you the relief you need to live your life again.