At least 50 million adults have chronic pain today, and back and neck pain are among the most common forms. Whether your chronic pain comes from spinal stenosis, disc herniation, or another problem, epidural injections can help. The experienced physicians at Premier Pain Solutions, led by Javid Baksh, DO, and Christopher Mallard, MD, offer epidural injections in their comfortable facility to give you lasting pain relief. There are offices in Asheville, Columbus, Southern Pines, and Wilmington, North Carolina; and Easley and Greenwood, South Carolina, so call now or schedule online to book your appointment.
Epidural injections are a treatment for chronic pain within your spine. This type of injection targets the epidural space — the area between your vertebrae and the dura mater, the tough membrane over your spinal cord.
The epidural space is ideal for injections because the empty space allows the injected medication to circulate to a large area, delivering the drugs to the nerves that need it.
Epidural injections contain a powerful, long-acting steroid and anesthetic. This combination of drugs decreases inflammation to lessen swelling and pressure on your spinal nerves. It also numbs the nerves involved in pain signaling.
You might need epidural injections if you have a condition that pressures the nerves in your lumbar spine (the back) or cervical spine (the neck). Some common reasons you might need an epidural injection include:
In general, most patients have epidural injections only after trying conservative care like physical medicine, lifestyle changes, and medication first.
The anesthesiology-trained Premier Pain Solutions specialists perform epidural injections in their facility. They use fluoroscopy, an advanced type of imaging, to visualize the needle as they deliver the injection. In this way, the medication reaches the specific problem area with perfect precision.
Some pressure is normal during the injection, but it's usually not painful. You're awake and able to communicate during the procedure, and then you rest in a recovery area for 15-20 minutes before a loved one can drive you home.
Epidural injections work well for up to 90% of people who undergo the treatment.
The effects can last for anywhere from a week to a year. If your first injection helps with your pain, you may schedule further injections. You normally have three epidural injections in a 12-month period.
Learn more about epidural steroid injections by calling Premier Pain Solutions or clicking the online booking tool now.