Epidural injections are both a diagnostic and treatment procedure. At Centennial Spine and Pain, with offices on Decatur Boulevard and Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, Nevada, the team of renowned interventional pain management specialists administers these long-lasting steroid injections to dramatically lessen inflammation and back pain. Schedule your evaluation online or call the office nearest you to arrange your appointment.
Epidural injections are interventional procedures to ease severe pain. In addition, epidural injections can serve as a diagnostic tool that isolates the particular source of your pain.
These injections usually contain a blend of ingredients, typically steroids and local anesthetics. The medications work to decrease inflammation and pain in the exact spot of nerve root irritation.
This type of injection can treat low back pain and radiating low back pain that moves down to your leg.
For epidural injections, the Centennial Spine and Pain team expertly delivers the medication into a specific area in the middle of your spine and spinal cord, the epidural space.
Generally, the team uses guided imaging, called fluoroscopy, to make sure that they position the needle in the exact area where your pain originates. The injection is typically painless because it includes anesthesia.
After your epidural injection, the Centennial Spine and Pain team monitors you for 15-20 minutes, and then you can have a family member or friend drive you home. You can return to work the next day.
Epidural injections can treat a number of different pain-causing issues in your spine, such as:
There are many other sources of severe pain in the spine as well. An epidural injection can target the precise source of pain in most cases.
If you have chronic back and leg pain and conservative treatments like physical therapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) don't help, an epidural injection could be the right pain relief choice for you.
The team may also recommend an epidural injection if they suspect the source of your pain but need to verify it.
You could notice pain relief almost immediately, but it's normal to experience some minor aching and soreness for 1-2 days after the anesthetic part of the injection wears off. The steroid can take effect within a few days, at which time you may notice that you feel better.
To learn more about epidural injections for pain, call the Centennial Spine and Pain office nearest you or click the online link.