What is an Epidural?

​​An epidural procedure administers a steroid medication into the epidural space around your spinal nerves to stop pain and reduce inflammation.

Common Conditions

Including pain caused by herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis (spinal instability), spondylolysis (spinal stress fracture).

Epidural injections have been found to be an effective treatment option for individuals with neck pain that radiates down into the arms, often caused by a pinched nerve in the neck.

This treatment may help to reduce inflammation and pain in the affected area, assisting in alleviating headaches.

Including pain caused by sciatica or lumbar radiculitis.

What are the Benefits of Epidurals?

Epidurals are efficient outpatient procedures. Advanced imaging technology is used to ensure injection precision and minimize risk of complications.  

Epidural injections reduce irritation and inflammation for longer-term relief.

Epidurals can reduce the need for surgical intervention. The anti-inflammatory steroid reduces inflammation and irritation over the course of several months, giving the body a chance to heal. According to some studies, epidurals may prevent surgery in up to 80% of chronic sciatica cases.1

Types of Epidurals

Injected into the epidural space in the neck.

Best for neck and head pain.

Injected into the lower back, toward the lumbar spine.

Best for lower back pain.

Injected into the lower back, near the tailbone.

Best for lower back pain and leg pain.

Your doctor will determine the best type of epidural for you, based on your condition.

Determine the best epidural for your condition.​

What to Expect

During Treatment

Advanced imaging technology is used to precisely guide the injection into the proper epidural space.

After Treatment

You are free to return home following your epidural, but we advise against driving for the rest of the day. Most patients resume their normal daily activities the following day.

You may experience some relief immediately following your procedure, but it could take up to two weeks to feel the full effects.

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Common Questions

Will I experience any side effects?

Side effects are minimal, but some patients do report nausea, headache, sleeping problems, water retention, and dizziness. These side effects typically subside with rest.

Will I need multiple epidurals?

Everyone’s body responds to treatments differently. Some patients may find that they only need one epidural, while others may feel the need to return for follow-up procedures. We urge all our patients to communicate any developments around their pain so that our doctors can evaluate and determine whether or not follow-up treatment is necessary.

How long does an epidural last?

Duration of relief varies by patient. Some patients experience several months of pain relief, while others may experience up to a year or more.
Bhatti AB, Kim S. Role of Epidural Injections to Prevent Surgical Intervention in Patients with Chronic Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Cureus. 2016 Aug 4;8(8):e723. doi: 10.7759/cureus.723. PMID: 27625909; PMCID: PMC5010373.

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