Epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive pain relief procedure that treats spinal nerve irritation and compression. Whenever the nerves in the spine become pinched or compressed, you can experience significant pain. The pain can be so much that your mobility suffers, forcing you to become less active.
At The Spine Center, we’re committed to relieving your pain so you can enjoy a more active life. The injection we offer reduces inflammation, and when the inflammation goes away so too does much of the pain.
What to Expect with an Epidural Steroid Injection
The epidural steroid injection procedure is fast and easy. It only takes a few minutes, and many of our patients can’t believe just how quick and hassle-free the procedure really is. With Dr. Siddiqui’s experience and gentle touch, the procedure often has low levels of discomfort.
Common Questions about Epidural Steroid Injection
To help you better understand this treatment option, we’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions we get about epidural steroid injection.
- Does it hurt? While the procedure does involve a needle penetrating into the deeper tissues, we use local anesthetic to numb the area. This helps minimize the pain, but there is usually still some level of discomfort involved.
- How does it work? The steroid injected helps reduce inflammation of nerves in the epidural space. As the swelling goes down, your pain will begin to go away.
- How long do the results last? Each case is completely different, and everyone responds differently to epidural steroid injection. The pain relief may last from several days to a few months.
- When can I return to normal activities? “Normal activity” is a vague term that varies greatly from one person to the next. You should be able to return to work the day after your procedure, but Dr. Siddiqui will be able to offer you more specific guidelines after your procedure.