An epidural steroid injection, commonly referred to simply as an epidural, is an injection of different medications.
Because not all steroids are completely alike, there are different steroids with different purposes. An epidural is injected into the back to reduce inflammation and pain as well as make the patient more comfortable.
The main effect of an epidural really comes from its ability to reduce inflammation. Once the inflammation is taken care of, there is far less pressure on a nerve. This reduction in pressure brings relief to the patient.
Epidurals are usually used to ease pain in more extreme cases that have to do with the back. The most common types of pain that epidurals are used for are related to arthritis of the back, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis.
When it comes to using epidurals, a personalized approach is very important. It’s hard to say how many injections a patient will need because it depends on each person’s circumstances. To determine the number of shots needed, we will spend a long time talking about what is bothering the patient as well as listening to what other doctors told them and going over the patient’s x-rays. This allows him to work with the patient and customize the treatment to meet more specific and accurate needs.