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The Pain Relieving Power of Epidural Injections-Safe, Effective, Fast-with No Down Time
If you are suffering from acute or chronic back and/or leg pain, epidural injections may offer you substantial pain relief without surgery.
This procedure, also known as epidural nerve block, has proven to be very successful in relieving the pain and inflammation caused by herniated discs, arthritis, and spinal stenosis.
With todays advanced technology, this technique is also very safe, accurate and can help return you to an active, pain-free lifestyle.
What is an
epidural nerve block?
An epidural nerve block is the injection of corticosteroid medication into the epidural space of the spinal column. This space is located between the dura (a membrane surrounding the nerve roots) and the interior surface of the spinal canal formed by the vertebrae.
A local skin anesthetic is applied first to numb the injection site, and then a spinal needle is inserted into the epidural space. To ensure accuracy and safety, our physicians perform the procedure under fluoroscopic guidance.
Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous x-ray image on a monitor. An x-ray beam passes through the body and the image is transmitted to a monitor. Like an x-ray movie, it enables the physician to see the targeted area in detail and to guide the needle with precision.
Local anesthetic and corticosteroid anti-inflammatory medication are delivered into the epidural space to shrink the swelling around nerve roots and relieve the pain caused by herniated discs, arthritis, and spinal stenosis.
A safe, non-surgical solution
Epidural nerve blocks are performed in a sterile, office-based environment without general anesthesia, hospitalization, or prolonged recovery. The procedure typically requires only 10 to 20 minutes, including preparation time. After 45 minutes of observed recovery time, you should be able to return to work or other normal activities.
A set of three injections is the norm, usually given two to three weeks apart; however, you may gain considerable relief after the first or second injection. In that instance, further injections may not be necessary.
Relieve your pain and start enjoying life again
A clinically proven technique, epidural nerve blocks have brought welcomed pain relief to countless individuals. Talk to a board-certified pain specialist to find out if this is an effective option for you.
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