Treatments Offered- Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI)

In this procedure, a steroid, which is an anti-inflammatory medicine, is placed in the epidural space. Epidural space is a potential space just outside the spinal cord where nerve roots are located. Nerve roots can be inflamed by disc disease (bulging or herniated) or Spinal Stenosis causing Low Back Pain or Sciatica. The injection of steroid aims to reduce nerve root inflammation and pain. This can be done in the Lumbar area for Low Back Pain and Cervical area for Neck Pain and Arm Pain.

During this procedure, the patient lies face down on a procedure table. The area is cleansed with an antiseptic solution. The area is first anesthetized by numbing medicine. A needle is then placed in a proper position with X-ray guidance (Fluoroscopy). After needle placement, contrast material (X-ray dye) is injected to confirm proper needle position. Following that, the steroid is injected. The actual procedure takes only 5-10 minutes. It can be done under local anesthetic only or under local anesthetic with conscious sedition as desired.

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Disclaimer: This information is for general informational purpose only. Specific recommendation for your pain condition can be made only after evaluation by Dr. Shukla.


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