Pain Management / Epidural

 

 

 

Pain Management Overview - Epidural Injections
The goal of the injection is pain relief; at times the injection alone is sufficient to provide relief, but commonly an epidural steroid injection is used in combination with a comprehensive rehabilitation program to provide additional benefit.

Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a common treatment option for various types of pain, including joint pain, leg pain, knee pain, back and neck pain.

The lumbar ESI procedure involves an injection of medication into the surrounding area helps to relieve pain caused by pinched or inflamed nerve(s).

What are Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI)?
Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a common treatment option for many forms of low back pain and leg pain.

The goal of the injection is pain relief; at times the injection alone is sufficient to provide relief, but commonly an epidural steroid injection is used in combination with a comprehensive rehabilitation program to provide additional benefit.

They have been used for low back problems since 1952 and are still an integral part of the non-surgical management of sciatica and low back pain.

How long do epidural injections provide pain-relief for? What type of pain can epidural injections relieve?
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How effective are epidural steroid injections?
Most studies report that more than 50% of patients find measurable pain relief with epidural steroid injections.

Studies also underscore the need for patients to enlist the services of professionals with extensive experience administering injections to ensure accurate placement. You can count on the specialized expertise of our doctors at PFC Medical.

How are epidural steroid injections different from other pain-relief methods?
Epidural steroid injections deliver medication directly (or very near) the source of pain generation. In contrast, oral steroids and painkillers have a dispersed, less-focused impact and may have unacceptable side effects.

Additionally, since the vast majority of pain stems from chemical inflammation, an epidural steroid injection can help control local inflammation while also “flushing out” inflammatory proteins and chemicals from the local area that may contribute to and exacerbate pain.

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