What are Epidural Steroid Injections?
Epidural Steroid Injections are temporary pain relief solutions performed by pain management healthcare providers using a local anesthetic, saline, and steroid.
- The procedure is done in office.
- The physician cleans the area with an antiseptic and uses a topical numbing cream to reduce pain during injection.
- Using MRI or CT, the physician performs a fluoroscopically guided procedure to ensure an accurate injection.
- A combination of saline, steroid, and a local anesthetic are injected into the site of pain.
- The needle is removed and the injection site is bandaged
Potential risks from injection, anesthetic, and steroid medication.
- Increase in pain
- High Blood Sugar
- Fever after injection
- Immune system suppression
- Arthritis of the hips
- Facial flushing
- Very low risk of infection at the injection site
- Minimal bleeding
- Nerve damage
- In extremely rare cases, Dural puncture (wet tap)
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