Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural steroid injections are a common non-surgical treatment for managing pain and inflammation in the spine. This procedure involves injecting a small amount of medication, typically a combination of a local anesthetic and a steroid, into the epidural space, which surrounds the spinal cord and nerves. The medication is designed to reduce inflammation and relieve pain by blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

Relieve Your Back Pain with Epidural Steroid Injections: A Minimally Invasive Solution

Back pain can significantly impact your daily life, especially when it is caused by a slipped spinal disc resulting in sciatica. If you are struggling with back pain and sciatica, you may have heard of epidural steroid injections as a treatment option. These injections provide pain relief by targeting the affected area with a combination of anaesthetic and cortisone to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

At the London Interventional Clinic, our medical director Dr Stephen Humble has 2 decades of experience in performing epidural injections for patients. With our combination of cutting-edge techniques, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive approach to treating your back pain.

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What are Epidural Steroid Injections?

Epidural steroid injections are a type of spinal injection that targets the affected area in the spine. The injection delivers a combination of anaesthetic and cortisone directly to the source of pain and inflammation, promoting healing and reducing discomfort. This minimally invasive procedure is performed with image guidance to ensure accuracy and safety. It can be performed as a lumbar epidural or as a caudal epidural.

When is an Epidural Steroid Injection Indicated?

Epidural steroid injections are indicated for patients suffering from chronic back pain associated with sciatica, herniated spinal discs, and osteoarthritis of the spine. If you have more than one spinal disc that is affected, a standard epidural steroid injection is typically recommended. In cases where a single spinal disc or nerve is affected, a transforaminal epidural may be indicated after physical assessment and investigation such as an MRI scan.

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What Can I Expect from the Procedure?

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and typically takes only a few hours, allowing you to return home the same day. Our specialists use image guidance to ensure accuracy and safety during the injection. After the procedure, physical therapy will usually be recommended to help you rehabilitate and strengthen the muscles around the spine.

Choose the London Interventional Clinic for Expert Care

Our medical director Dr. Stephen Humble and his team are dedicated to providing you with the best possible care and treatment for your back pain. With our combination of expert techniques and cutting-edge equipment, we are confident that we can help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Get in touch with Kerry today to discuss your requirements and to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you find relief from your chronic back pain.

References:

  1. Manchikanti et al., Comprehensive review of epidemiology, scope, and impact of spinal pain. Pain Physician. 2009 Jul-Aug;12(4):E35-70.
  2. Benoist et al., Epidural steroid injections in the management of low-back pain with radiculopathy: an update of their efficacy and safety Eur Spine J . 2012 Feb;21(2):204-13.