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Epidural Steroid Injections


 

Steroid injections are commonly prescribed to treat cervical, thoracic, lumbar pain, and nerve pain from injured discs. An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is the proven, effective, nonsurgical treatment for radiculopathy, a pain radiating down the arms or legs. This type of pain is generally caused by irritation to the nerve root from a disc herniation, rupture, budging, or degeneration.

Pain specialist Dr. Raka Gohel MD specializes in administering this effective solution for back pain from spinal nerve and disk trauma. We offer ESI treatments to patients in the Tomball, The Woodlands, and Houston TX areas. Call and speak to a specialist today to find out if ESI is right for you.

 

WHAT CAN BE TREATED WITH EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONS?

  • Nerve Root Inflammation
  • Pinched Spinal Nerve
  • Herpes zoster (shingles)
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Post-laminectomy syndrome / failed back syndrome
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Facet Abnormalities

ESI SPINE INJECTION BACK PAIN TREATMENT PROCEDURE

Depending on your individual case and based on Dr. Gohel’s recommendations, you may be scheduled for a single injection treatment or several sessions over a series of weeks. Epidural steroid injections are nonsurgical, but are administered carefully in an operating room and under x-ray so that medications can be administered as close as possible to the nerve roots that are transmitting the pain impulses. ESI procedures are also generally performed under local anesthesia injected into the epidural space through a small catheter. Cortisone is then injected in the area to help relieve swelling and inflammation. Dr. Gohel may also suggest injecting additional medications to help break down scar tissue.

You may experience immediate temporary pain relief due to the local anesthetic, but it generally takes weeks for the permanent back pain relief results.

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