Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural steroid injections act as a common treatment for back and leg pain in many patients with chronic and consistent pain problems. It involves bathing an inflamed nerve root in steroids (potent anti-inflammation medicine) to decrease the irritation of the nerve root that is causing pain. Radicular pain that originates from the spine, is treated with epidural steroid injections. Epidural injections are also used to treat nerve compression in the neck (cervical spine), referred to as cervical radiculopathy, which causes pain.
Epidural injections deliver medication very close to the source of pain generation, so the impact of the injection is focused and intense. The epidural steroid injection can help control local inflammation, while also flushing out inflammatory proteins and chemicals from the affected areas. Steroids also work by reducing the activity of the immune system to react to inflammation associated with nerve or tissue damage.