Epidural Injections at Sky Ridge Medical Center
An epidural injection is given into the epidural space of the spine to provide temporary or prolonged relief from pain or inflammation. Steroids, anesthetics and anti-inflammatory medications are typically are the medications injected to the epidural space. The injection may reduce pain and swelling in and around the spinal nerve roots, as well as around damaged nerves which in time may heal.
Imaging guidance, such as fluoroscopy, is used to help the doctor place the needle in exactly the right location so the patient can receive maximum benefit from the injection.
Common Uses of an Epidural Injection
An epidural injection is one of many methods used to relieve pain.
An epidural injection may be performed to alleviate pain caused by:
- A herniated or bulging disk
- Spinal stenosis
- Other injuries to spinal nerves, vertebrae and surrounding tissues