Epidural Injections for Neck and Back Pain
Relieve Your Neck and Back Pain With a Minimally Invasive Epidural InjectionMany people suffer from pain in their neck and back. Managing this pain can be difficult, and most pain sufferers often turn to narcotics for temporary pain relief. Although these medications provide brief relief, they are not the best method for back and neck pain management. For this reason, miVIP Surgery Centers often suggest an epidural injection for neck and back pain. It is a minimally invasive method to provide you with the pain relief you are seeking for your chronic pain.
Although there are several methods for back and neck pain management, an epidural injection has proven to be extremely effective. You are a good candidate for this procedure if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- You are suffering from an acute form of back pain, especially after an injury.
- You have a problem with a herniated disc.
- You suffer from spinal stenosis.
- You are experiencing sciatica, a problem where pressure from the sciatic nerve travels down your legs
- You have chronic pain after back surgery
How is an Epidural Injection Performed?When an epidural injection is given to relieve back pain, the procedure is usually relatively quick. Most of the time, the doctor will use x-ray technology to determine the exact area where your body needs the steroid medication. Then, your back will be cleansed in preparation for the needle to be inserted. A numbing cream will be applied to eliminate the majority of the discomfort you feel throughout the process. Once this has been done, the medicine will be injected into the epidural space.
Some people feel slight discomfort from this procedure that is described as “pins and needles” or a tingling sensation. After the injection is over, the physician may want you to wait approximately 10 to 15 minutes in the office before you leave. This is to be sure you do not experience any extreme side effects.