An epidural steroid injection is a medical procedure used to help relieve pain in certain areas of the body. It is often used for conditions like herniated discs or spinal stenosis.

How It Works

During the procedure, an ASCPM healthcare professional carefully inserts a needle into the epidural space, which is the area around the spinal cord and nerves. Then, a mixture of a corticosteroid medication and a numbing agent is injected into that space.

Procedure Details

The corticosteroid helps reduce inflammation and ease pain, while the numbing agent provides temporary relief. The injection is usually done under the guidance of imaging technology, such as an X-ray or fluoroscopy, to ensure accuracy and safety.

The Benefits

The effects of an epidural steroid injection can vary, but it can provide significant pain relief for weeks or even months. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if this procedure is appropriate for your specific pain condition.