Shooting pain in one or both legs is often caused by compression of a spinal nerve root. A lumbar epidural steroid injection can help alleviate this type of pain, by coating the irritated nerve root with a steroid medication.
If conservative management techniques like physical therapy and oral medications aren’t doing enough to improve your chronic back pain or radiating nerve pain, it may be time to see if a lumbar epidural steroid injection could help.
After applying a local anesthetic to the target treatment area, we inject the steroid medication directly into the epidural space (between the vertebrae and spinal cord) of the spine, calming inflamed nerves. If more than one nerve is causing pain, we may inject medication at other levels of the spine.
Because of the local anesthetic, the injections are not painful, but patients usually have some degree of soreness and swelling for a day or two afterward. Most people are able to return to normal daily activity the day after this outpatient procedure. Repeat injections may be necessary to keep pain at a manageable level.
At Integrated Pain Solutions, we develop individualized treatment plans for every patient. When you choose us for your pain management needs, you can be sure that we’ll listen to your concerns and guide you to the best solutions for your pain. Complete the form below, or call today to schedule your consultation: (614) 383-6450.