Epidural injections

Question: What are epidural injections?

– An epidural injection is a type of pain management procedure where a local anesthetic and/or corticosteroid medication is delivered to the epidural space, which is the area around the spinal cord, to provide relief from pain and inflammation. It is often used during labor and delivery, as well as for the treatment of certain conditions such as lower back pain, sciatica, and herniated discs.

How does an epidural injection work?

-An epidural injection delivers pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medication directly to the epidural space. The medication works by numbing the nerve roots and reducing inflammation, thus providing relief from pain. The procedure is performed by inserting a needle into the lower back and guiding it to the epidural space. The medication is then slowly infused into the space. The effect of the medication can take a few minutes to a few hours to start working, and the duration of pain relief can last from a few hours to several days or weeks, depending on the type of medication used and the individual’s condition.

What determines how long the epidural injection can provide relief?

– The duration of pain relief from an epidural injection can vary depending on several factors, such as the type of medication used, the individual’s condition, and their response to the injection. On average, the #PainRelief from an epidural steroid injection can last from several days to several weeks, although some individuals may experience pain relief for a longer or shorter period of time. It is important to keep in mind that an epidural injection is not a permanent cure for pain and that multiple injections may be required to achieve and maintain adequate pain relief. APICO Pain Management™ can provide you with more information on the expected duration of pain relief based on your individual case.

For lower back #painrelief call Rany Abdallah MD, PhD, MBA. We have appointments at all our pain management offices in Delaware.

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