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Epidurals

Inserted directly where pain is being felt, an epidural injection may allow you to comfortably get back to your normal routine and enjoy meaningful relief. Frequently administered with guidance from a special type of continuous X-ray to ensure accuracy with placement, epidural injections are often combined with a general anesthetic and cortisone, which has anti-inflammatory benefits that can further ease pain in the affected area. If you’ve never had an epidural injection for pain management purposes before, there are a handful of reasons why you may want to consider it.

You Have Nerve-Related Back Pain

If you have radiating (radicular) low back pain (LBP), you may be a good candidate for epidural injections. Radicular pain is a type of discomfort that travels along nerves to the arms, hands, hips, legs, or feet. Sciatica is common form of this type of pain. Nerve-related pain is often accompanied by inflammation. The injections oftentimes counteract it and soothe irritated nerves in the process. Transforaminal and interlaminar epidural injections are two of the most common types of injections used to relieve this type of pain. The main difference between is the specific placement of the injection in the epidural space. Results are often similar for patients who receive either type of injection.

You Wish to Minimize Dependence on Pain Medications

Narcotic pain relievers are strong medications typically used to manage pain. While such drugs can be effective, they are only meant to be used short-term. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to control inflammation can also have unintended side effects with long-term use. Patients sometimes build up a tolerance to some medications or develop a physical or psychological dependence, which can lead to several other issues. If you’re concerned about some of these risks, epidural injections may help you ease your reliance on some of these medications; although you shouldn’t stop taking any medications without approval from your doctor regardless of the results you may experience from injections.

You Want to Avoid or Delay Surgery

Surgery for most instances of back pain is rarely absolutely necessary. If you prefer to avoid having surgery or delay it as much as possible, epidural steroid injections (ESIs) may help you achieve that goal. Avoiding or delaying surgery may also reduce your risk of experiencing that unintended complications associated with some procedures. Even fairly reliable procedures such as fusion surgery have some degree of risk for patients. ESIs are often more beneficial for this purpose when coupled with therapeutic exercise since the treatment is meant to provide short-term relief. Even so, the reduction in pain often experienced with the injections may give you time to explore other non-surgical options.

You Want to Participate More in Physical Therapy

While not everyone experiences significant pain relief from epidural injections, you may enjoy enough of a break from your discomfort to allow you to take more active role in your physical therapy. Injections can often be safely repeated at regular intervals as the relief wears off to maintain your level comfort while you perform your various physical therapy exercises. As you enjoy benefits from those exercises, such as improved flexibility, muscle strength, and mobility, you may reach a point where you’re less dependent on injections to keep your pain under control; or you may experience enough relief from your physical therapy and recommended exercises to eliminate the need for further epidural injections altogether.

You Prefer Relief That’s More Immediate

Pain relief sometimes takes time, especially when you’re relying on exercise to strengthen back-supporting muscles or dietary adjustments to boost your body’s ability to fight inflammation. There are many positive steps you can take to manage your pain. Yet sometimes you want relief that’s more immediate, especially when pain reaches a level where it severely affects your quality of life. Epidural steroid injections usually begin working within 1-3 days of receiving the injection, although it may take up to a week to experience the full benefits of the shot, depending on the nature of your pain.

Your experience with epidural injections will depend on several factors, with one of the main ones being the primary source of your pain. For instance, the treatment is often more effective for radiating pain rather than discomfort relegated to the back only or acute pain. If you have success with epidural injections, however, you’ll likely be able to get regular exercise or explore other non-surgical treatment options. This can definitely be good for your overall health and quality of life.

To learn more about how an epidural injection could help you, contact us today.

Our Patient Reviews

Allied Pain & Spine Institute

5.0

Based on 8 reviews

Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accomodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

Ellie O.

Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

Lisa A.

I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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