Epidural injections have been a preferred pain management treatment for decades because they offer reliable pain relief when you need it fast. At Texas Anesthesia Back Pain Center in Houston, Ajay K. Aggarwal, MD, provides a wide range of pain management therapies, including interventional pain techniques like epidural injections. For more information on the benefits of epidural injections, call Texas Anesthesia Back Pain Center or schedule an appointment online today.
An epidural injection is a pain-relieving treatment delivered into the epidural space of your spine. Dr. Aggarwal delivers these steroid shots between the covering of your spinal cord and your vertebrae. These injections usually contain a corticosteroid like dexamethasone or triamcinolone, as well as numbing agents such as lidocaine.
Dr. Aggarwal uses epidural injections for two reasons. The numbing agent provides immediate pain relief, but even after it wears off, the steroid medication reduces inflammation. When your inflammation goes down, you experience longer periods of pain relief.
Sometimes epidural injections also flush out any inflammatory proteins in the area that are adding to your pain.
Dr. Aggarwal recommends epidural injections to reduce a variety of pain symptoms caused by inflammation, especially those affecting your lower back, neck, arms, or legs. Specific conditions that might benefit from epidural injections include:
Epidural steroid injections aren’t a cure for these conditions, but they can provide pain relief. Depending on the extent of your injury, epidural injections might relieve your pain for anywhere from a week to a year.
Dr. Aggarwal performs epidural injections as an in-office procedure, so you can go home the same day. To ensure your comfort, a topical anesthesia is first applied to the part of your back at the injection site. This numbs the area, so you have minimal discomfort.
To deliver your injection, Dr. Aggarwal uses a fluoroscope. This specialized X-ray helps locate the precise area to inject the steroid. With the fluoroscope as a guide, Dr. Aggarwal can inject your medication as close to your inflamed nerve root as possible.
In most cases, people getting an epidural injection have minimal sensations of pressure and mild pain. After your injection, you’ll stay at the office and be monitored for a short period to guarantee you don’t have an adverse reaction to the medication. When you can go home, you’ll need someone to drive you.
You may have mild tenderness at your injection site, but most people resume normal activities the day after having an epidural injection.
To see if epidural injections can relieve your pain, call Texas Anesthesia Back Pain Center or schedule an appointment online today.