Epidural Spinal Injection

Epidural Spinal Injection in Southlake

An epidural spinal injection is a non-surgical treatment option utilized for relieving neck and back pain along with sciatica. Spine degenerative conditions such as herniated disc, spinal stenosis, annular tears, and many others may induce neck and back pain due to the load placed on the damaged disc. When the bad disc causes compression of the nearby spinal nerves then pain can radiate into the arm or leg. Epidural spinal injections can temporarily decrease pain by decreasing the amount of inflammation within the spine. The length of time these injections last is highly variable and dependent on the severity of the underlying spinal degeneration. As we get older, the degeneration will progress, and spinal injections can lose their effectiveness. Injections are best used in conjunction with physical therapy, and this can lead to longer lasting relief and help patients avoid surgery.
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What to Expect

Epidural injections are performed in a doctor’s office or hospital under local anesthesia with or without sedation. The procedure typically takes less than thirty minutes and involves placing an injection into the epidural space (spinal canal) using x-ray guidance. The injection contains steroids with small amounts of numbing medicine.

After the procedure, you will be able to drive yourself home if no intravenous sedation was used. The effect of the steroid will usually begin in 3-7 days and can last days, weeks, or months. A follow-up appointment will be given to you to discuss the results and start physical therapy if appropriate.

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