Epidural Steroid Injection
An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is a minimally invasive procedure that
can help relieve neck, arm, back, and leg pain caused by inflamed spinal
nerves due to spinal stenosis or disc herniation. Medicines are delivered
to the epidural space, which is a fat-filled area between the bone and
the protective sac of the spinal nerves. Pain relief may last for several
days or even years. The goal is to reduce pain so that you may resume
normal activities and a physical therapy program.
The photo above is a side view of the spine. The epidural space is a fat-filled
area that lies between the vertebra and the dura sac, which surrounds
and protects the spinal cord and nerve roots.
What can I expect?
At Gunnison Valley Health, the injection is administered radiologist or
pain management specialists. A fluoroscopic x-ray is used to locate the
correct vertebral level for needle guidance and a contrast dye is used
to check the spread of the injected contents. Patients usually return
home the same day.
What are the results?
Many patients experience some pain relief benefits from epidural steroid
injections. For those who experience only mild pain relief, one to two
more injections may be performed, usually in 1-4 week intervals, to achieve
full effect. Duration of pain relief varies, lasting for weeks or years.
Injections are done in conjunction with a physical therapy and/or home
exercise program to strengthen the back muscles and prevent future pain episodes.
Leading edge technology backed by compassion and commitment.
At Gunnison Valley Health, we provide advanced imaging services right here
in the Gunnison Valley. Our on-site radiologists and certified technologists
offer expertise, experience, and diagnostic excellence to the residents
and guests of our area.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Gunnison Valley
Health's Diagnostic Imaging Department at (970) 641-7253.