An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is the delivery of powerful anti-inflammatory medicine directly into the space outside of the sac of fluid around your spinal cord. Your doctor will most likely have ordered an MRI/CT scan of the back before this procedure to determine the exact area to be treated.
Your doctor may recommend an ESI if you have pain that spreads from the lower spine to the hips or down the leg. This pain is caused by pressure on a nerve as it leaves the spine, most often due to a bulging disc.
ESI's are performed and used only when your pain has not improved with medications, physical therapy, or other non-surgical treatments. Epidural Injections provide short-term pain relief in at least half of the people who receive it. Symptoms may remain better for weeks to months, but rarely up to a year. It is important to know that the procedure does not cure the cause of your back pain. The epidural injection reduces pain and inflammation, so you can continue back exercises and other treatments.
For more information on Epidural Injections and treatment, call The Brooks Clinic at (405) 943-0303 to schedule an appointment.