• Benefits

    Epidural injections are commonly used to manage pain associated with various spinal conditions, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or sciatica. One of the significant benefits of epidural injections is their ability to provide targeted pain relief by delivering steroids directly into the epidural space around the spinal cord, reducing inflammation and alleviating discomfort. 

    These injections can be a valuable tool in a comprehensive pain management strategy, offering patients relief from debilitating symptoms and the opportunity to engage in physical therapy or other rehabilitative measures. They can also help us determine if your pain is coming from the spinal nerves.

     

  • Risks

    Epidural injections are relatively safe and low risk. Some people may experience side effects like a temporary spike in blood sugar levels, a drop in immunity, or rare complications such as an infection or nerve damage. Discuss the potential risk of developing any adverse reactions or side effects of ESI with your care team prior to treatment.

  • What to Expect During

    On the day of your procedure, you will receive an injection of local anesthetic, corticosteroids, and a small amount of contrast dye. Please let us know if you have had any previous adverse reactions to those medications.

    The local anesthetic effect can last for several hours after your injection, and you may experience temporary numbness or weakness. We advise that you refrain from driving the day of your procedure. Please bring a driver to your appointment, and note that they must stay in the facility for the duration of the procedure.

    If you are on any blood thinning medications (Plavix®, Coumadin®, Aggrenox®, Lovenox®, Xarelto®, aspirin), please notify our office so that we may give you specific instructions about the length of time you need to discontinue these medications.

     

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