Epidural Steroid Injections – An Overview
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The inflammation that is associated with various spinal conditions such as herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, etc is reduced with the help of epidural steroid injections whose aim is to reduce maximum amount of pain and bring the people back to their normal activities. In such chronic pain situation this treatment is considered to be highly effective as it provides the anti-inflammatory medication as well as pain relief.

Moreover, it is also said that when these are used in combination with exercises then the response is perfect in term of alleviating pain. The amount of time the injection usually takes to delve into a person’s body and start the effectiveness is about 15 to 30 minutes.

WHO CAN BE CONSIDERED AS THE CANDIDATE FOR ESI

Below some conditions have been elaborated, which are in case present, then it is about to pay visit to a specialist for these injections. Furthermore, patients going through neck, arm, low back, or leg pain primarily because of sciatica are perfect candidates for these injections.

The appropriate conditions include:

DEGENERATIVE DISC

The condition in which the disc space, tears in the annulus and growth of none spurs are collapsed as a result of breakdown or aging of the intervertebral disc.

HERNIATED DISC

The condition starts with the disc in which you can feel an irritating pain and swelling and a gel like material comes out after being in contact with the spine. As a result the disc bulges or ruptures, causing inflammation and chronic pain. This is in fact an alarming situation that it’s time to pay a visit to a pain management specialist or go directly for epidural steroid injections.

SPINAL STENOSIS

A situation that takes place when the spinal canal comprising of the nerve roots and spinal cord become compressed. As a result of this, pinching is experienced that brings for a patient acute pain, cramping, numbness or weakness.

SPONDYLOLYSIS

Between the upper and lower facets of a vertebra, spondylolysis is said to be as a weakness or fracture. In case, the condition is overlooked, then there might be a situation in which the vertebra can slip forward and compress the nerve roots thus causing chronic pain.

SCIATICA

From the buttocks and down the legs, it is a pain that is felt along the sciatic nerve. It normally occurs by the compression of the spinal nerve often occurs because of the degeneration of the intervertebral disc.

AFTER THE TREATMENT

Some patients are able to walk right after when the epidural steroid injection procedure takes place. And considering this, patients are able to resume full activity the next day.


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