The lumbar area of your back includes the point from where your spine curves inward. The section of five vertebrae has several nerves that branch out from the spine. Any abnormalities (such as inflammation) in the area may cause several types of chronic pain. Central Florida Pain Management offers lumbar steroid injections for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and other areas of central Florida who suffer from chronic pain related to the lumbar region of the spine.
What Are Lumbar Steroid Injections?
Lumbar steroid injections are recommended for patients who have inflammation along the spine that puts pressure on the nerves in the lumbar region. The inflammation may cause lower back pain or sciatica. A lumbar steroid injection after surgery helps patients recover comfortably and reduce pain that is linked to concerns in the lowest portion of the spine.
What Are the Benefits of Lumbar Steroid Injections?
Sciatica and other types of lower back pain may be signs of inflammation along the spine. Swelling in this area places pressure on the nerves, and the intense pain may limit your activities. Lumbar steroid injections reduce the inflammation so that you can enjoy your activities without chronic pain.
Are There Any Lumar Steroid Injections Side Effects?
Lumbar steroid injections side effects have been noted in the medical community and research studies, but the symptom occurrence is rare. If you have a history of side effects from steroids, you may experience short-term:
- Changes in blood sugar levels
- Difficulty sleeping
- Anxiety or feeling uneasy
Please let us know if you have a history of side effects from steroids or any other medications.
What is the Lumbar Steroid Injection Technique?
The steroids are administered to the nerve roots on the outside of the protective covering of the spine. We numb the area with a local anesthesia before starting the procedure. The needle is inserted at an angle and depth that allows for direct administration of the medication.
What is Recovery Like After Lumbar Steroid Injections?
We monitor you in our office for approximately 30 minutes before releasing you to go home. You may notice some relief from your chronic pain immediately after the injections. The steroids do take time to reduce the inflammation, so you will see the full results after seven to 10 days.
What is the Prognosis After Lumbar Steroid Injections?
Many patients no longer have chronic pain after lumbar steroid injections. If your symptoms do return, we can administer additional injections to prevent chronic pain from affecting your life.
If you have sciatica or lower back pain and are looking for a physician in Ocala, The Villages, and the neighboring areas of central Florida, contact us to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.