Specializing in Spine, Sports & Physical Medicine

Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural steroid injections, also known as ESI’s  are often times used for the treatment certain chronic pain conditions. Nerve pain also known as “radicular pain” is a  common characteristic among the conditions treated with Epidural Steroid Injections.  The word radicular refers to nerve that exists the spine.  This nerve is also known as the “nerve root.” For each level in a person’s spine there is a nerve root on both the right and left side. The medical terms typically used to describe pain from one of these nerves is Radiculopathy or Radiculitis. The “itis” means inflammation. In the lower back this is called lumbar radiculopathy and in the neck a cervical radiculopathy.

In the lower back the pain will travel down the leg sometimes all the way to the toes. In the neck the pain moves down the arm. Numbness, tingling, pins and needles and weakness can accompany the pain. ESI’s can be a very effective way to treat these painfully pinched nerves.

Some of the causes of radiculopathy include a herniated or bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis or spondylosis.

 

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