Epidural spinal injections are minimally invasive outpatient procedures. Dr. Thomas provides a local anesthetic to your injection site to reduce any discomfort.
Then, while you lie on an X-ray table, he uses fluoroscopy to guide a needle into the epidural space, getting as close to the painful nerve as possible. When the needle is in the correct location, he injects the steroid into your spine.
Dr. Thomas can provide an epidural steroid injection anywhere in your spine, although they’re most often delivered to your cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower) spine.
After your injection, you should be able to get up and walk around right away. You can return to your regular activities the next day. You should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home.
The medication needs a little time to take effect, but you should start to notice a difference within a few days. Dr. Thomas might recommend that you keep a diary to track your pain in the days and weeks following your injection.
Some patients need a few epidural spinal injections to achieve maximum relief. Dr. Thomas provides customized treatment plans to address your individual needs and explains your treatment plan in detail.
If you have chronic pain in your neck, back or limbs, call Evolution Pain and Spine or make an appointment online today to find out how epidural steroid injections can relieve your pain.