If you are suffering from pain in the arms, legs, back, or neck that originates from nerves in the back, you might want to consider epidural steroid injections. At The Pain Management Center, we offer this and other pain management techniques to the residents of Linwood, Voorhees and Hamilton, NJ.
What Are Epidural Steroid Injections?
Epidural steroid injections are a common pain management treatment that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into the epidural area around the spine. The epidural space is the area around the spinal cord where many nerves are found. These can be performed anywhere along the spine where inflamed nerves are causing pain. Epidural steroid injections are often used for the treatment of spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and various forms of back, leg, and arm pain. The injections soothe inflammation in the nerves to produce long-lasting pain relief.
What is the Epidural Steroid Injection Treatment Like?
The first step of the epidural steroid injection treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the skin is numbed, a needle will be carefully inserted into the epidural space of the part of the spine where pain originates. After the needle is in place, the injection will be performed. This treatment is typically completed in less than an hour. After treatment, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising at the injection site, but these effects usually fade within a few days.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Epidural Steroid Injections?
After your epidural steroid injection treatment, you will notice immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic that is injected. This will wear off in a few hours, and pain may return briefly. The steroid medication will take effect within a few days, soothing inflammation so that you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. The results from your epidural steroid injection can last between several weeks and several months. The exact duration of these results will vary, so we will help you determine the kind of results that you can expect during your initial visit.
At The Pain Management Center, we are proud to offer epidural steroid injection treatments to the men and women living in Hamilton, Turnersville, Voorhees, and the surrounding areas of New Jersey. To learn more about this treatment or to schedule your appointment, contact us today.