Epidural means “around the spinal cord.”, epidural injections are performed in our clinics. Our team of anesthesiologists, physiatrists, or interventional radiologists preforming this procedure .
Before receiving an epidural injection, you will probably undergo an imaging test. This may involve a CT scan or an MRI of the back. The test allows the doctor to identify possible causes of back pain.
The epidural injection takes place in several steps:
- Theskin will be cleaned and injected with an anesthetic to numb it.
- The doctor will insert a needle through the skin toward the spine.
- The doctor will use a machine that produces live X-ray video called fluoroscopy. With it, the doctor will maneuver the needle between the bones of the spine.
- Using a contrast dye, the doctor will confirm the needle is placed in the epidural space. That’s the space between the spine and the spinal cord inside it.
- When the needle is in position, the doctor will inject a solution into the epidural space. The solution contains a steroid medicine, also called corticosteroid, and usually an anesthetic medicine, too.
The epidural injection is usually not painful because of the numbing medicine used at the start. Many people do have mild tenderness for up to a few days after the injection.