Epidural Injections

Epidural injections are used for managing pain in the spine when other treatments have failed. If you have tried taking over-the-counter pain medication and anti-inflammatory medication, there may come a point when you need something stronger, especially if you need longer lasting pain relief.

An epidural injection might be the solution. Epidural injections are given for pain in the neck (cervical spine), upper/mid-back (thoracic spine), and low back (lumbar spine).

Similar to a cortisone injection for joint pain, an epidural injection delivers anesthetics and steroids to treat spinal pain. The anesthetics provide immediate pain relief by numbing the injection site on your back, and the steroids reduce inflammation at the source of your pain.

Results vary for every individual, but you can expect several weeks or months of relief from back pain or neck pain. The injection can be repeated for extended relief. In some cases, epidural injections can help you avoid or postpone spine surgery.

An epidural injection is a quick outpatient procedure that can be given in the office. A needle is injected into the epidural space in your spine under X-ray guidance. The medication is injected and the needle is removed. You may experience temporary discomfort at the injection site when the anesthetic wears off, but the medication will work quickly to provide substantial pain relief within a few days of the injection.

To find out if an epidural injection is right for you, talk to a specialist at S.E. PA Pain Management – serving all of southeastern Pennsylvania.

Cervical Spine

Neck and Upper Back Pain

Pain in the neck, shoulder, and upper extremities may be treated with a cervical spine epidural. This type of injection is used to relieve pain from pinched nerves in the neck, such as those that result from herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and spinal nerve root diseases (radiculopathy).

Neck pain can cause radiating pain, numbness, and tingling in the shoulders, arms, and hands. The pain may worsen when you cough or laugh. You may also have stiffness in your neck and weakness in your arms or hands.

If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, an epidural injection may provide the relief you’ve been searching for. Talk to a pain doctor about your options, and visit our patient education library to learn more about cervical epidural injections.

Thoracic Spine

Middle Back Pain

When you have pain in the middle of your back (chest area and ribs), your thoracic spine may need medical attention. Pain in this area of your spine is often accompanied by pain in your chest, ribs, and sometimes the abdomen.

A spine specialist is trained to identify problems that affect the thoracic spine and treat them conservatively. Thoracic epidural injections help relieve pain from herniated discs and scoliosis, as well as nerve conditions associated with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy), shingles (post herpetic neuralgia), and unspecified neuralgia.

You can learn more about thoracic epidural injections in our patient education library, and call S.E. PA Pain Management to schedule an evaluation.

Lumbar Spine

Low Back Pain

Problems with the lumbar spine may cause pain in the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs. Radiating pain in the legs can sometimes extend past the knee, all the way to your feet.

Tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness may indicate a pinched nerve somewhere in the lumbar spine area. A loss of bladder or bowel control can also occur, and should be addressed by a doctor without delay.

Epidural injections for the lumbar spine are one of the most common types of pain injections we do, because low back pain is so common. They can be especially helpful in providing pain relief from ruptured discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, arthritis, cancer-related pain, and more.

When the pain does not respond to more conservative treatments like ibuprofen and rest, pain injection therapy may be considered. Schedule an appointment with a pain specialist for more details.

S.E. PA Pain Management has decades of experience with epidural injections for neck and back pain. We would be delighted to meet with you and discuss the options for extended pain relief.

Request an appointment online or dial (855) 235-PAIN today.

Request an Appointment

S.E. PA Pain Management