Epidural Steroid Injection
Epidural steroid injection refers to the instillation of a mixture of local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication to irritated nerve roots, generally in order to address radicular (leg or arm>back or neck) pain related to problems in the spine. Epidural injections are often also considered for patients with spinal stenosis with associated radicular symptoms. Epidurals like most pain related procedures these days are performed under image guidance, so the medication can be injected with more confidence and delivered to the location where it is desired most. Like any procedure that penetrates the skin, there is a small risk of infection or bleeding. If you are on blood thinners, you will likely have to withhold these medications for a period of time before your procedure.