Lower back pain can keep you from your favorite activities, but epidural steroid injections provide effective pain relief. At Coastal Spine, the integrated pain management specialists regularly administer epidural steroid injections on-site. Call the office in Mount Laurel, Swell, Galloway, Toms River, Vineland, or West Orange, New Jersey, today to request an epidural steroid consultation or make your appointment online.
An epidural steroid injection is an outpatient procedure that relieves lower back pain.
It involves your Coastal Spine provider injecting anti-inflammatory medicine into your epidural space –– the area around the spinal nerves in your lower back. When the drug enters your body, it reduces irritation and inflammation, easing pain and restoring mobility.
Coastal Spine uses epidural steroid injections to treat a chronic pain called lumbar radicular pain.
Lumbar radicular pain occurs when the spinal nerves in your lower back become irritated or inflamed by trauma or an underlying health problem. Various things can trigger lumbar radicular pain, including:
Coastal Spine might recommend epidural steroid injections if you have neurogenic claudication. This condition compresses the nerves in your lower back.
Epidural steroid injections require special preparation. Before the procedure, your Coastal Spine provider will ask you to fast or avoid taking specific prescription medicines. They also order a series of CT scans or MRIs to get a closer look at the vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and nerves in your lower back.
Several types of epidural steroid injections are available. Depending on your symptoms, your provider might recommend:
Your provider administers this injection between two laminae in your spine. Laminae are flat plates of bone that are a part of each vertebra.
Your provider administers a transforaminal epidural if you have a herniated disc. This injection is administered through the foramina –– the openings where your nerve roots exit your spine.
Your provider injects a caudal epidural through the sacral hiatus –– the area just above your tailbone. This epidural is ideal for treating compressed or damaged nerves in the lowest part of your spine.
Epidural steroid injections are safe and usually well-tolerated. You might experience a slight pinch or prick when the needle pierces your skin, but that’s it. If you have any discomfort during treatment, let your provider know.
Call the nearest Coastal Spine office today to learn more about epidural steroid injections, or make your appointment online.