The epidural space in the spinal column is where many of the nerve roots are located. The peripheral nerves that exit the spine and travel to the arms and legs, as well as to organs and the head, can be affected by spinal conditions. Neck, back and radiating pain can occur, as well as other symptoms when nerve roots are compressed or irritated. Epidural injections are a minimally invasive pain relief treatment for some spinal conditions, available at Allied Pain & Spine Institute in San Leandro, CA.
The epidural space is the area that surrounds the spinal cord in the spine. The nerve roots pass through the epidural space to exit between the vertebrae. Many spinal conditions can cause intrusion into the epidural space and cause irritation of the nerves. Arthritis, bone spurs, herniated discs, spinal stenosis and other conditions can result in inflammation that affects the spinal nerves.
Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Epidurals
Epidural injections can be used in any area of the spine to provide pain relief and diagnostic information. Injection of steroids into the epidural space can relieve neck, mid back and low back pain, as well as radiculopathy in the arms or legs. The injections are minimally invasive, and most are performed with imaging to ensure the needle reaches the exact area desired. Treatment can usually be completed in less than 30 minutes.
Many patients have immediate relief from their pain due to the local anesthetic in the epidural injections. This can help our doctors determine whether the injection reached the affected nerves. The anesthesia or numbing effect will wear off in several hours and the pain may return. The anti-inflammatory effects of the steroid will take a few days to occur, which is when the pain may be reduced again.
For many people with neck or back nerve pain from inflammation, epidural injections can provide relief without narcotics or more invasive procedures. If you want to learn more about spinal injections for pain relief, contact our team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute. Call our medical center in San Leandro, CA, to schedule your neck or back pain consultation.