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Epidural Steroid Injections

Coastal Spine is focused entirely on treating problems of the neck and spine. Sometimes, we need to alleviate moderate to severe pain before patients can start physical therapy.  Other times, there might be residual pain that exists after physical therapy and other nonsurgical therapies.

One of the ways we can attempt to alleviate those unwanted symptoms is through an epidural steroid injection. We have found that epidural steroid injections alleviate symptoms in about 75% of our patients, significantly reducing pain, numbness, and tingling for up to several months or more, sometimes even permanently.

We use epidural steroid injections in two situations:

Rehabilitation

An epidural steroid injection can improve functional abilities by decreasing discomfort, stiffness, and inflammation, thus enabling you to progress with your rehabilitation and more fully participate in physical therapy.

Pain

Several common conditions, including lumbar disc herniation, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, and lumbar spinal stenosis, can cause moderate to severe low back and/or leg pain. For these and other conditions that can cause chronic or acute pain, an epidural steroid injection may be an effective nonsurgical treatment option.

The procedure typically takes about 15 minutes to a half hour.  All spinal injections are done using sterile technique and a C-Arm Fluoroscopy for guidance.  Patients are required to stay for observation for approximately 30 to 60 minutes after the procedure.  A driver is required for all spinal injection procedures.