Whether from a sports injury, lifting a heavy object, or everyday wear-and-tear, almost every adult experiences back pain. For about 10% of them, the back pain turns chronic, resisting standard treatments and causing disability. The team at Interventional Pain Center, a division of Providence Anesthesiology Associates, has extensive experience helping patients find relief from back and neck pain with epidural spinal injections. To learn whether this treatment is right for you, call the office conveniently located in central Charlotte, North Carolina, or request an appointment online.
This type of injection is directed into the epidural space of your spine. The epidural space lies between the spine and the membrane that covers the spinal cord. When an injection targets this area, the fluids can flow around the nerves, bathing them in pain-relieving medication.
Epidural injections contain corticosteroids that significantly reduce inflammation and provide pain relief that lasts from one week to as long as one year. In many cases, the team at Interventional Pain Center also adds a local anesthetic to the injection, which gives you rapid but short-lasting pain relief.
Following an epidural spinal injection, the medication typically spreads over several vertebrae and covers both sides of the spinal canal. As a result, more nerves receive treatment for significant pain relief.
You may be a good candidate for an epidural spinal injection if you have back, neck, arm, or leg pain resulting from inflamed and pinched nerves in your spine. Although your pain could result from an injury, epidural injections are most often used to treat conditions such as:
One of the benefits of getting an epidural spinal injection is that it allows you to fully participate in physical therapy, which is the treatment you need to maintain ongoing motion and pain relief.
The team at Interventional Pain Center performs epidural injections using fluoroscopy, a specialized X-ray that delivers real-time images so they can see your spine and position the needle in the epidural space.
Your doctor applies a local anesthetic, and you may choose to take an oral sedative to help you relax. As the needle is guided into place, you may feel some discomfort, but many patients say they feel pressure rather than pain.
You can get up and walk around as soon as the injection is over. After a short observation period, you’re free to go home.
If you have questions about epidural spinal injections or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call Interventional Pain Center or request an appointment online.