Louisiana Pain Specialists
Pain Management & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in New Orleans, Kenner, Baton Rouge, Marrero, Laplace, & Metairie, LA
An epidural injection is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure to treat back pain. The team at Louisiana Pain Specialists takes a balanced approach to pain management, combining traditional therapies with interventional and advanced pain management options. They provide epidural injections to treat a wide range of back pain conditions. Schedule an appointment by calling one of the offices in Kenner, Metairie, Laplace, Baton Rouge, Marrero, or New Orleans, Louisiana, or book online today.
Epidural Injection Q & A
What is an epidural injection?
An epidural injection, also known as an epidural steroid injection (ESI), is an interventional pain management treatment for patients with back pain.
The injection contains an anesthetic that provides immediate pain relief and a corticosteroid that decreases inflammation, providing long-term pain relief.
The Louisiana Pain Specialists team provides many interventional pain management treatments for back pain, including different epidural injections. The type of epidural injection they administer depends on the area of the spine undergoing treatment.
The injection works by reducing the inflammation that causes your pain or blocking the pain signals from reaching your brain.
Am I a candidate for an epidural injection?
Your Louisiana Pain Specialists provider determines if you’re a candidate for an epidural injection after a consultation.
They may consider you a candidate if conservative treatments, such as oral medication and physical therapy fail to ease your back pain. Or your back pain prevents you from participating in your physical therapy.
The Louisiana Pain Specialists team uses epidural injections to treat many back pain conditions, including:
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint arthritis
- Nerve compression
Schedule an appointment at Louisiana Pain Specialists to see if an epidural injection can ease your pain.
What happens during an epidural injection?
An epidural injection is an outpatient procedure. Your provider has you lie on your stomach on an X-ray table. They may provide a sedative before your injection to help you relax.
Your provider cleans your skin and uses fluoroscopic-guided imaging to locate the area of your spine undergoing the injection. Next, they administer a local anesthetic to numb the area and then inject the medication into the epidural space, which is the outermost layer of your spinal cord.
The entire procedure takes 20-30 minutes.
What can I expect after an epidural injection?
The anesthetic in the epidural injection provides immediate pain relief, but it only lasts a few hours. You should notice improvements in your pain about three days after your injection as the steroid reduces inflammation and swelling.
An epidural steroid injection provides short-term pain relief. However, the team repeats the infusion as needed.
Schedule your epidural injection consultation; call Louisiana Pain Specialists or book an appointment online today.