Spine experts now rank back pain as one of the most common medical conditions facing Americans today, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. Despite its prevalence, many patients tend to wait until their back pain becomes excruciating before seeking help, often experiencing a debilitating quality of life.
By diagnosing and receiving superior treatment options and compassionate care, patients can begin to manage back pain and then resume normal daily activities, free from pain restraints. Yet sometimes the pain may simply become too much for a patient to tolerate.
Luckily, epidural injections help pain management by reducing inflammation in the affected area. An epidural steroid injection refers to a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine administered directly outside of your spinal cord. This minimally invasive procedure can help manage pain in the neck, arm, back and leg regions.
Epidural injections have proven helpful for patients experiencing spine conditions such as Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Degenerative disc, Sciatica, and Herniated disc. Unfortunately, epidural injections do not treat the spinal condition, but rather flush away the proteins that cause swelling. Most spinal surgeons administer these shots to both diagnose a condition by pinpointing the source of pain and temporarily relieve a patient’s pain. Furthermore, Epidural Steroid Injections can help spine surgeons determine whether surgery is necessary to alleviate pain.
Again, these injections are effective for providing short-term relief of severe acute or chronic pain. Most spine surgeons will use this treatment in combination with other minimally invasive procedures, such as physical therapy.
Once administered, most patients can walk around immediately. In fact, most patients tend to resume their normal activities the next day. Patients may experience soreness around the injection site, which they can soothe with ice or a mild analgesic such as Tylenol.
Pain relief may last from days to years, allowing a patient’s spinal condition to improve with physical therapy and less invasive techniques. Patients receiving this treatment should schedule a follow-up appointment with their spine surgeon to discuss the epidural’s effectiveness, as well as future treatment options.
If you believe you qualify for an epidural injection, schedule an appointment with a board-certified spine surgeon near you who can best advise you on the appropriate action or if other alternatives may be more effective at alleviating back pain. The team of board-certified spine surgeons at NJSS welcomes patients across New Jersey including Summit, Morristown, Bloomfield, and Montclair. Call us at (908) 608-9619 today! today!
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