X

THE PAIN CENTER BLOG

Our blog is designed to help our patients live a happier and healthier life.

22Jun

How Epidural Steroid Injections Can Help You

Pain Management, Steroids | | Return|

Epidural steroid injections are a minimally invasive solution to pain caused by inflammation of the spinal nerves. They are a combination of a corticosteroid and an anesthetic pain reliever. The corticosteroid functions to reduce inflammation over time, taking pressure off the previously inflamed nerves. The anesthetic serves to immediately relieve pain during the procedure while the corticosteroid takes more time to go into effect. The injection delivers the medications to the inflamed epidural region of your spine, effectively delivering them to the source of your pain.

 

When to get an epidural steroid injection

These injections are not typically used unless the pain has not responded to other nonsurgical methods. Typical reasons to get an epidural steroid injection are lower back pain, neck pain, and leg pain. If other procedures do not cause the pain to subside, an epidural injection is often the recommended course of action. The injection eases pain without having to result to a surgical procedure. If you experience pain in your lower back, neck, or legs, and nothing else has effectively reduced the pain, this treatment may be able to help.

 

Long-term effects

Many patients’ pain is eased after the treatment. This pain relief is often enough to allow the patient to rehabilitate the injured portion of their body, ensuring that the pain is less even after the injection wears off. The effects of the injection tend to vary with each recipient. Some patients only feel the effects for a week, some for a year, and some do not feel that effects at all. However, most people do feel the effects of the injection for a significant amount of time.

 

How often an epidural steroid injection should be repeated varies with the patient. If your pain relief from the injection is significant, you may receive up to three injections in a year-long period. If the treatment is only mildly effective, one to two additional injections may be administered in 1 to 4 week intervals to achieve the maximal results. In any case, the optimal number of injections can be determined to ease your pain as much as possible.

 

Pain Management Idaho | Boise Pain Center 

Related

What Should I Expect with Steroid Injections for Pain Relief?

What Should I Expect with Steroid Injections for Pain Relief?

Steroids reduce the body's inflammatory response, leading to welcome pain relief. A pain special...

Read More >
Everything You Need to Know About the Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant Trial Procedure

Everything You Need to Know About the Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant Trial Procedure

A combination of an Intellis™ screening and spinal cord stimulator trial can enable you to gain mor...

Read More >
What Can a Pain Management Doctor do for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

What Can a Pain Management Doctor do for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Low back pain is widespread and can lead to long-term disability among many people. When you have pa...

Read More >
 Best Hand Exercises To Treat Hand Pain At Home

Best Hand Exercises To Treat Hand Pain At Home

If you are suffering from stiffness, swelling, or pain in your hands, which is interfering with your...

Read More >
Options to Manage Pain for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Options to Manage Pain for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome is a condition where patients have continued back pain after a spinal s...

Read More >
Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation, otherwise known as rhizotomy, is a procedure that utilizes heat to either r...

Read More >

CONTACT US

Our entire practice revolves around helping patients feel better. Pain is a fact of life, until it interferes with the joys of living. Sandra Thompson, MD and The Pain Center have innovative and comprehensive solutions to all forms of discomfort.

All insurances accepted.

  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *

Phone Number:

Boise Fax: (208) 342-4223
Caldwell Fax:(208) 455-5190

Email Us:

Address:

Boise: 633 N. 4th St. Boise, ID 83702
Caldwell: 1825 S Kimball Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605

Hours:

Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: Closed
ABOUT US

We are a group of pain management experts dedicated to helping patients live life better.

 READ MORE

FOLLOW US

If you would like to see how we are helping the community live better, check out The Pain Center on social.

STOP BACK PAIN

Premier back pain treatments that will help reduce, relieve and improve your overall quality of life. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of service and results.

 READ MORE

CONTACT US

Boise Phone: (208) 342-9800

Boise Fax: (208) 342-4223

Caldwell Phone: (208) 455-3535

Caldwell Fax: (208) 455-5190

Our Locations:

  • Boise: 633 N. 4th St. Boise, ID 83702
  • Caldwell: 1825 S Kimball Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605