Of the types of injections for back pain, a lumbar epidural steroid injection is one of the most effective for treating the radiating pain caused by an inflamed nerve. The injection deposits a potent dosage of steroid medication into the epidural space of the spine, bathing the irritated nerve root.
Many patients experience a significant decrease in pain after only one or two injections, although this procedure may need to be repeated up to three times to provide the maximum benefit.
Like most spinal injections for back pain, a lumbar epidural is an outpatient procedure. Patients receive a local anesthetic to numb the back before the physician injects the medication, using a thin needle. Depending on which nerves are inflamed, more than one injection may be necessary to ensure the medication reaches the affected nerve roots.
Patients may experience some mild soreness after this procedure, but most patients can resume normal activity the following day.
The benefits from lumbar epidural steroid injections may last weeks, months, or years. We often recommend this treatment for patients who have nerve pain caused by spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or spondylolisthesis (a dislocated vertebra in the lower back).
If you need help with your radiating chronic pain, please contact Center for Pain Management to schedule a consultation: (317) 706-7246.