Epidural injections

Treatment

Epidural injections reduce sciatica, or pain radiating down one or both legs from the back, in the short term, allowing you to engage in more activities.

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Epidural injections
Epidural injections

What are epidural injections?

An epidural injection contains a steroid medicine, usually together with a local anaesthetic. These injections are also called epidural steroid injections. The liquid is injected into a gap called the epidural space, which surrounds your spinal cord. The steroid reduces inflammation around your spinal cord, while the local anaesthetic provides faster pain relief.

The injections can be given at different points along your back. An injection in your lower back is called a lumbar epidural. There are different techniques for giving epidural injections for lower back and leg pain:

Interlaminar – this is given between two of your vertebrae (back bones)

Transforaminal – this is an injection into the side of your spine

Caudal – this is given through an opening at the base of your spine

steroid medicine epidural injection

Uses of epidural injections

Epidural injections can help with sciatica (radicular pain). This is pain that spreads from your lower back down your legs. It’s caused by a trapped nerve in your spine. There are several things that can cause this.

A slipped disc (herniated disc) – This is when one of the discs between your vertebrae (back bones) bulges out of your spine, sometimes pressing on surrounding nerves.

Spinal stenosis – This is when the space around your spinal cord narrows, putting pressure on your spinal cord.

Spondylolisthesis. – This is when one of your vertebrae moves out of position.

You’ll need an assessment with out pain specialist at The Yardley Clinic to have an epidural injection for sciatica. You can book an appointment yourself by going to our contact page here

Epidural injections aren’t a suitable treatment for everybody. Our specialist doctor will tell you if they’re an option for you. If you’re on blood-thinning medication or have an infection or could be pregnant, let your doctor know. They may need to make extra preparations or postpone your injection. Also tell your doctor if you’ve had an allergic reaction to previous injections or if you have a bleeding disorder.