Your spine is surrounded by the dura, a type of connective that protects the spine and vertebrae. Inflammation along the connective tissue may be treated with epidural steroid injections to help with your chronic pain. At Central Florida Pain Management, we offer epidural steroid injections for the residents of central Florida, including the cities of Ocala and The Villages.
What Are Epidural Steroid Injections?
Epidural steroid injections work by reducing inflammation that places pressure on the nerves along your spine. The pressure causes the nerves to send persistent pain signals to your brain. Epidural steroid injections help with a range of chronic back pain issues, as well as pain in the arms and neck.
What Epidural Steroid Injections Are Available?
- Cervical Steroid Injections
- Caudal Steroid Injections
- Lumbar Steroid Injections
- Thoracic Steroid Injections
What Are the Benefits of Epidural Steroid Injections?
Epidural steroid injections for back pain, neck pain, and arm pain contain medications that reduce inflammation that places pressure on your nerves. The treatment is minimally invasive and does require general anesthesia or incisions.
Am I a Candidate for Epidural Steroid Injections?
Some of the most common conditions that are treated with epidural steroid injections are:
- Slipped or herniated discs
- Cysts in the joints
- Bone spurs
How Are Epidural Steroid Injections Performed?
The injections contain steroids that provide anti-inflammatory benefits within seven to 10 days. The condition that is causing the inflammation is not treated with epidural steroid injections. The intent is to promote proper healing by eliminating pain and swelling. The needle is guided through the soft tissues until it reaches the epidural region that houses the targeted nerves. The medication is slowly administered, and the needle is removed from the body.
What is Recovery Like After Epidural Steroid Injections?
You may have some relief from your pain right after the epidural steroid injections. The steroids begin to work in about two to three days. After one week, you have a noticeable improvement in mobility and discomfort.
What is the Prognosis After Epidural Steroid Injections?
Steroids are used in numerous anti-inflammatory applications. The reduction in swelling of soft tissues around the nerves provides long-term benefits, even after the steroids stop working to reduce inflammation.
The technique for administering epidural steroid injections along the spine is safe and effective when it is performed by an experienced clinician with an in-depth understanding of nerve groups in the body. At Central Florida Pain Management, we specialize in epidural steroid injections for residents of Ocala, The Villages and surrounding areas of central Florida. If you are interested in epidural steroid injections, contact us to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.