Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections

The lumbar region of the spine is the lower back. A membrane called the dura covers the spine and nerves in the cervical region. The space directly surrounding the dura membrane is called the epidural space. Nerves travel in and out of the epidural space to reach other parts of the neck, the shoulders, and arms. When these nerves become inflamed a patient may experience pain. An epidural injection uses anti-inflammatory steroids to reduce nerve swelling in the epidural space and subsequent pain.

Conditions

  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Torn disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cervical radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)

Treatment

  • Using x-ray guidance a small needle is inserted into the epidural space
  • Fluorescent dye is injected to provide contrast and show the inflamed areas
  • Anti-inflammatory steroids and a local anesthetic are then injected into the epidural space
  • Treatment can provide permanent relief or temporary relief while the damage heals