Epidural steroid injections are used to treat many forms of back pain. These injections involve inserting a local anesthetic and steroid medication—usually cortisone—into the epidural space that surrounds the nerve roots and spinal cord. Also referred to as cortisone injections, this treatment method is one of the primary non-surgical approaches for relieving lower back pain and sciatica.
If you are struggling with persistent back pain that isn’t resolving with time, cortisone injections may be a viable option for managing your pain. Contact your local NJ Spine & Orthopedic branch to determine if this procedure is right for you.
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Cortisone injections can be a temporary method for treating back and leg pain. There are a variety of techniques a doctor may use to adminster an injection; the one they choose will depend on the specifics of your pain and medical history. If the injections are effective at managing pain, a patient can receive up to three procedures a year. Some of the potential benefits of cortisone injections include:
In general, cortisone injections are beneficial for treating acute instances of back and leg pain. However, the primary drawback is that they don’t always provide relief and when they do, it is usually temporary.
Generally, cortisone injections are considered to be a safe and minimally invasive procedure. However, as with any procedure, these injections can come with potential complications and side effects. Some of the risks associated with cortisone injections include:
While these symtoms can be potential side effects of a cortisone injection, they usually resolve within a couple of hours. Rare and severe complications associated with cortisone injections include:
Ultimately, the best way to determine if a cortisone injection is right for you is to consult a skilled sine expert.
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If you have been using conservative treatments for your leg or back pain but aren’t seeing results, it may be helpful to consult a spine surgeon to see if a cortisone injection is right for you. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, our surgeons are dedicated to treating your pain and helping you get your life back.
Our experienced and board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, and orthopedic specialists work together to treat spine and back disorders with minimally invasive techniques. Our doctors understand that every person is unique and requires a personalized treatment plan. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we treat people, not patients. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled spine experts, call (866) 272-9271 or complete our online contact form.
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