When a problem in your spine leads to back or neck pain, and conventional medical treatment doesn’t help, it’s time to consider epidural steroids. At Spectrum Pain Clinics, Jeffrey Hall, MD, precisely injects epidural steroids near the spinal nerves causing pain, producing long-lasting relief for many patients. If you spend your days in pain, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Use the online booking feature or call the office in Jackson or Cordova, Tennessee, today.
Epidural steroids refer to a treatment in which Dr. Hall injects steroids, often together with a local anesthetic, into the area that surrounds and protects your spinal cord. When medications enter the epidural space, they flow around nerve roots and reach nerves in several segments of the spine.
The anesthetic delivers fast but temporary pain relief. Steroids reduce nerve inflammation, which takes longer. You may wait a week before you feel the difference.
Everyone metabolizes medications differently, so there’s no way to predict the extent of your pain relief or even if steroids will help. However, the pain eases for many people, and their results can last from weeks to a few months.
Epidural steroid injections alleviate neck, back, leg, and arm pain that inflamed spinal nerves cause. In most cases, the nerves are pinched, which results in pain and tingling that radiate into your arms or legs.
Dr. Hall may recommend epidural steroids to relieve pain caused by conditions such as:
You can also end up with pinched spinal nerves after suffering a sports injury or being in a car accident.
You lay down on an X-ray table, which creates X-ray images in real-time. Dr. Hall uses the images to see your spine and guide the injection. After applying a local anesthetic, he inserts a thin needle into the epidural space near your inflamed nerves.
Before injecting the medication, Dr. Hall first injects a contrast dye and watches how it spreads through the epidural space. That confirms that the medication reaches the targeted nerves. Finally, he injects the medication and removes the needle.
You can walk around as soon as your treatment is over, but you stay at Spectrum Pain Clinics for a short time for side-effect monitoring. Though side effects are rare, some patients experience temporary weakness or numbness in their arms or legs.
Most people take it easy for the rest of the day and get back to their normal activities the next day. You may experience a slight increase in pain before the steroids finally kick in.
To learn if epidural steroids can ease your pain, book an appointment online today or call the nearest Spectrum Pain Clinics office.