What is an ESI?
One of the most common pain management treatments for back pain is an epidural steroid injection. From mild spinal tissue irritation, or lumbar radiculopathy, to more severe conditions like a herniated disc. Other conditions such as spinal stenosis are also treated with this minimally invasive procedure.
These steroids are injected into the protective sheath filled with fluid that surrounds the spinal cord. The steroids are designed to mimic the body’s natural hormones cortisone and hydrocortisone.
A localized injection is administered in the cerebrospinal fluid. The steroids reduce the inflammation response. Therefore reducing the localized pain in any area of the spine.
The Benefits of an ESI
What makes this course of pain management treatment so powerful is that it mimics the body’s natural hormonal response. It gives you a boost in the same way your hormones give you a boost.
Patients typically feel an immediate relief with an ESI. After the sting of the LP and the lidocaine wears off, people can begin to resume their normal lives.
Oral doses of steroids can often times have the opposite effect and increase inflammation. And patients may be at risk of many other side effects, too. An ESI delivers steroids to a targeted area without dangerous side effects of oral steroids.
What To Watch Out For After Your ESI
Unfortunately, an ESI can only be administered a few times a year. Most common risks include infection and bleeding. The same risks a patient might see with any other injection. Other interventional pain procedures may still be used between injections.
Your certified pain management specialist is here to help. Give us a call at 909 887 2991 to set an appointment. Let us relieve the pressure and relieve your pain. So you may get back to your normal pain-free life.