What is a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection?
A lumbar epidural steroid injection can be used to treat a variety of spine conditions in the lower back. This injection involves delivering a corticosteroid medication and often a local anesthetic into the epidural space, which is the space surrounding the spinal cord and nerve roots in the lumbar spine. The coritcosteroid medication helps to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain caused by pinched nerves, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, chronic lower back pain, and more.
How are Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections Performed?
Lumbar epidural steroid injections are done in an outpatient setting. You will typically be on your stomach or side, and a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the skin and tissues around the injection site. Your doctor will then carefully insert a thin niddle into the epidural space in your lower back. Once the needle is properly positioned, the medication is injected. The need is carefully withdrawn, and you may be monitored for a short period of time following the injection to ensure there are no immediate complications.
The duration of pain relief can vary from person to person, and repeated injections may be necessary for long-term management of certain conditions. Some individuals may experience immediate relief, while others may require a few days for the medication to take full effect. Your doctor will discuss the potential benefits, risks, and expected outcomes of the procedure with you before scheduling and performing the injection.