Doctors have used Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI) to treat neck or back pain for many years. In addition to delivering pain relief, this minimally-invasive treatment decreases or eliminates the inflammation caused by Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated Disc Disease, Sciatica and Spinal Stenosis.
Pain related to these conditions is often caused by inflamed spinal nerves. To relieve this pain, medication is injected into the epidural space between the spinal nerves and the vertebrae. The primary goal of this conservative pain treatment is to relieve chronic pain, allowing the patient to resume typical daily activities. Physical therapy may also be suggested as part of the pain reduction regimen.
If you have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions, or if you are suffering from any of these associated symptoms, you may be a good candidate for Epidural Steroid Injections:
ESI involves the injection of a corticosteroid with an anesthetic numbing agent. This combination of medications, when injected into the epidural space of the spine, can reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Relief may last from days to years, giving time for physical therapy and exercise and, when necessary, weight loss, to improve the physical condition causing the pain.
After treatment, our medical staff monitors the patient for a few minutes, before they are released to go home. The patient must have someone drive them to and from the facility on the day of the procedure. Before you leave, you will be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment so Dr. Skaliy can discuss your progress and level of pain relief.
LIMITATIONS: Patients with infections or bleeding issues are not good candidates for Epidural Steroid Injections. People with diabetes or heart problems should avoid ESI, because the injection may slightly elevate blood sugar or blood pressure. Patients on certain medications may also be ineligible.
RISKS: There are a few potential risks associated with ESI, including infection, allergic reaction, weight gain, hot flashes or insomnia. Be sure to discuss these with Dr. Skaliy during your visit.