Aarti A Singla, MD, MBA
Spine and Pain Management Specialist located in the Greater Cincinnati Area, West Chester and Anderson, OH
Epidural Steroid Injections Q & A
What are epidural steroid injections?
Epidural steroid injections are a type of interventional pain management treatment for ongoing neck, back, or leg pain that irritated and inflamed spinal nerves cause.
During the procedure, Dr. Singla injects a corticosteroid and local anesthetic into the epidural space in your spine near the area of the inflammation. The epidural space is the fat-filled area between the spinal bones and spinal nerve sac.
Am I a candidate for epidural steroid injections?
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Singla to see if you’re a candidate for epidural steroid injections.
Dr. Singla is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physician who specializes in non-surgical treatments for spine-related health issues and pain conditions.
She may recommend epidural steroid injections if you have ongoing neck, leg, or back pain from:
- A herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
The epidural steroid injection can’t resolve your underlying spine condition, but it can alleviate inflammation and pain so you can participate in other therapies, like physical therapy, that improve spine health and function.
What happens during epidural steroid injections?
Epidural steroid injections are an outpatient procedure Dr. Singla performs using fluoroscopic X-ray imaging, which is a real-time video X-ray that helps ensure the accuracy of your injection.
During your epidural steroid injection, Dr. Singla has you lie facedown on an exam table. She injects a local anesthetic to numb the area and inserts a thin hollow needle into the epidural space.
Dr. Singla administers a contrast material to confirm proper placement of the needle and then injects the medication. The entire procedure takes 15-45 minutes.
Once completed, Dr. Singla sends you to the recovery area for monitoring before discharging you home. Though you can walk after the injection, you need to arrange to have someone drive you home and take the rest of the day off.
What can I expect after epidural steroid injections?
You can expect to resume your usual activities the day after your epidural steroid injection. Dr. Singla requests you monitor your pain levels and schedule a follow-up appointment so she can discuss the results of the injection with you.
The duration of pain relief from epidural steroid injections varies, ranging from a few weeks to several months. Dr. Singla may suggest a series of epidural steroid injections for maximum comfort.
Call Dr. Singla or schedule an appointment online today to schedule your epidural steroid injection consultation.
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