Frequently Asked Questions

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What You Should Know

With imaging modalities such as ultrasound, CT scan and flouroscopy, our physicians are pinpointing the problem spots and treating the pain with more accuracy than ever. These new techniques keep complications at a minimum. By attending medical conferences and workshops, our physicians are always finding ways to improve patient care and keep up with the latest technology.

What to Expect the Day of Your Procedure

Will it Hurt?

What are the Risks Involved?

What is an Epidural Steroid Injection?

Epidural steroid injections do not cure herniated discs or spinal stenosis. They treat the pain and radiculopathy associated with these conditions by reducing the inflammation caused by the narrowing in the spinal canal. The reduction of inflammation and pain enables the patient to perform physical therapy and stay active. Maintaining flexibility, muscle tone, and an active life style are what help improve the long term prognosis for patients suffering from these conditions.

What is in the Injection?

It depends. Muscle injections usually consist of local anesthetics. Diagnostic median branch nerve blocks consist of local anesthetic, but occasionally contain steroid solutions. Most joint, facet, and epidural injections consist of both local anesthetic (lidocaine or bupivicaine), and steroid (depomedrol or kenolog). The idea is to provide short term pain relief, and long term pain relief through the lessening of inflammation (steroid effects). It is important that the patient disclose any previous steroid use, as the effects can be additive and increase the risk of side effects.

Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks

Some patients (for various reasons) are candidates for ultrasound guided nerve blocks. The ultrasound is increasingly being used to perform nerve blocks because of its accuracy. It enables physicians to distinguish between nerve, muscle, blood vessels, and other structures. As new technologies have enabled our physicians to place catheters in the vicinity of a nerve, we are able to treat selected patients with continuous infusions that may enable them to participate in physical therapy without pain. 

Disclaimer : This Web site provides general educational information. This information is not provided in the course of a professional relationship between a health care provider and a patient. It does not create a doctor patient relationship. It is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional.