Spinal nerve root impingement is often the cause of chronic low back pain, especially if symptoms also radiate into the buttocks, groin, and leg. A herniated spinal disc my cause similar symptoms. To determine the exact source of pain, we may use lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections.
This type of injection is both a treatment and a diagnostic tool – if precisely targeted injections do not alleviate pain, we can rule out certain areas of the spine as the source of pain. Lumbar transforaminal steroid injections help physicians diagnose chronic pain conditions, without the need for risky exploratory surgery.
During this simple outpatient procedure, we start by applying a local anesthetic to the lower back area. We use a specialized needle to inject the steroid medication into the joint space surrounding the suspected problem area (e.g., near a pinched nerve or herniated disc) and ask patients to advise us the moment they feel pain relief.
It’s perfectly normal to experience some mild soreness after a transforaminal injection at or around the injection site. Rarely, temporary numbness or weakness may occur. However, these symptoms typically resolve within a day or two, and in most cases, a person can resume their normal activities by the next day.
If you are interested in customized and comprehensive back pain relief, we encourage you to contact us. Integrated Pain Solutions is located in Columbus, Ohio – easy to reach from other areas of the state. Complete the form below, or call today to schedule your consultation: (614) 383-6450.