Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections: Relief for Radiating Pain

Of the types of injections for back pain, a lumbar epidural steroid injection is one of the most effective for treating the radiating pain caused by an inflamed nerve. The injection deposits a potent dosage of steroid medication into the epidural space of the lumbar (lower) spine, bathing the irritated nerve root. This procedure is also effective in treating pain in the thoracic (middle) spine and cervical (upper) spine.

Many patients experience a significant decrease in pain after only one or two injections. Some patients may need up to three injections to get the maximum benefit from this pain-relief treatment.

About Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections

Like most spinal injections for back pain, a lumbar epidural steroid injection is an outpatient procedure. Patients receive a local anesthetic to numb the back before the physician injects the medication, using a thin needle. Depending on which nerves are inflamed, more than one injection may be necessary to ensure the medication reaches the affected nerve roots.


Recovery Time After Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections

Patients may experience some mild soreness after this procedure, but most patients can resume normal activity the following day.  

Treating Chronic Nerve Pain

The benefits from lumbar epidural steroid injections may last weeks, months, or years. We often recommend this treatment for patients who have nerve pain due to spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or spondylolisthesis (a dislocated vertebra in the lower back). 

If you need help with your radiating chronic pain, please contact Center for Pain Management to schedule a consultation: (317) 706-7246. 

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North Meridian Office CLOSED, April 8, 2019

Patients, Our 8805 N. Meridian St. location is closed today, April 8, due to a water main break.  If you have questions please call 317-706-7246 tomorrow (April 9) during normal business hours. Thank you, Center for  Pain Management

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