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When to Consider Epidural Injections for Your Chronic Back Pain

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Are you suffering from chronic back pain? Have tried every other method and yet to find a solution? It may be time to consider another option: epidural injections.

Understanding Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is a common and complex condition that can make daily activities a significant challenge. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, affecting approximately 80% of the population at some point in their lives.

Chronic back pain can be due to numerous reasons such as poor posture, spinal stenosis, slipped discs, or the natural aging process. If left untreated, chronic back pain can affect your quality of life dramatically, interfering with work, exercise, and social activities.

The Role of Epidural Injections

One of the potential remedies for chronic back pain is the use of epidural injections. These injections, administered into the epidural space around the spinal cord, contain a combination of steroids and local anesthetics, aimed at reducing inflammation and relieving pain.

Epidural injections can be particularly beneficial if your back pain is caused by nerve root irritation or a disc problem, as they can directly target the source of the inflammation.

When to Consider Epidural Injections

The decision to resort to epidural injections for chronic back pain should be considered under the following circumstances:

Exhausted Other Options

Epidural injections are often considered when other non-invasive treatments like physical therapy, medication, or chiropractic care haven’t provided sufficient relief. This step is usually considered after at least six weeks of conservative treatments.

  • Diagnosed with Certain Spinal Conditions :-If you’ve been diagnosed with conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease, epidural injection can offer substantial relief.
  • Need for Rapid Pain Relief :-Epidural injection can provide faster pain relief than conservative treatments. If you require rapid relief, for example, to return to work or a vital function, epidural injections can be considered.
  • Prior to Surgery :-Sometimes, epidural injections are used to alleviate pain before undergoing spinal surgery. They can help manage pain levels and improve mobility, enhancing the prospects of a successful surgical outcome.

Procedure and its Effects

The procedure is usually quick, taking about 15-30 minutes, performed under local anesthesia. The physician uses fluoroscopy (a live X-ray) to guide the needle to the correct spot to ensure precision.

You can expect pain relief within 1-2 days post-injection. The effects can last from a week to a year, varying greatly among individuals. Some patients may need more than one injection to achieve optimal results.


Remember, while epidural injection can provide significant relief from chronic back pain, they aren’t a cure-all solution. It’s essential to combine them with other treatments like physical therapy for a comprehensive approach towards pain management.

Epidural injections can be a valuable tool in your pain management arsenal when used appropriately. Always consult with your healthcare provider to evaluate if they are the right choice for your condition.

Suffering from chronic back pain can be daunting, but with the right treatment plan, you can reclaim your life and enjoy your daily activities with less pain. The team at Pro Spine & Pain is here to help you navigate your journey towards a pain-free life. Contact us today for more information.