Epidural steroid injections are a valuable tool in the treatment of chronic back and neck pain, especially pain that doesn’t respond to conservative interventions. Dev Sen, MD, of Prime Regenerative and Pain Management, serving the communities of Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Woodbridge, Virginia, uses epidural steroid injections to relieve chronic pain as part of a range of effective treatment options. Call the clinic today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sen, or book using the online tool.
An epidural steroid injection is a combination of steroid medication and an anesthetic that Dr. Sen uses to treat pain originating in the spine. Epidural steroid injections are an effective, minimally invasive treatment option for people with chronic pain conditions, providing relief from unrelenting pain and enabling patients to handle physical therapy.
There are two types of epidural steroid injections:
Translaminar injections target the epidural space in your spine, so the steroid and anesthetic combination can spread into all the surrounding tissue.
Transforaminal injections target specific spinal nerve roots in the painful area, reducing inflammation and minimizing the pain generated by the nerves.
Epidural steroid injections are useful for reducing pain in a variety of chronic pain conditions, including:
An epidural steroid injection can relieve the symptoms of these types of common back and neck pain in the short term, and help to reduce inflammation in the longer term.
By reducing the pain and inflammation, the epidural steroid injection makes it more comfortable for you to carry out your normal activities. The relief from chronic pain also gives you the chance to undertake a course of physical therapy to aid your recovery, which you may not have been able to attempt before.
Epidural steroid injections target inflammation very precisely, while at the same time eliminating any substances in your body that could make the swelling worse.
Dr. Sen can deliver the epidural steroid medication either to the source of the pain or nearby, so the effect of the medication isn’t diluted by traveling through your bloodstream.
As long as you receive your treatment from a qualified specialist in pain management like Dr. Sen, you shouldn’t suffer any ill effects after the procedure. You may feel soreness or tenderness at the injection site, and in a few cases, patients experience nausea and headaches.
Dr. Sen always goes through the potential benefits and risks of all forms of treatment so you can be confident you’re making the best decision for your health.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain in your back or other parts of your musculoskeletal system, call Prime Regenerative and Pain Management today, or book an appointment online.