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Our Long Island pain management doctor is an expert in epidural steroid injections. The injections are a common non-surgical treatment for irritated spinal nerves, which can be the result of a herniated disc, an injury and other conditions. During the procedure, powerful anti-inflammatory medication is injected into the space around the spinal cord, known as the epidural space. This reduces inflammation, pain and numbness.

Benefits of Epidural Steroid Injections

Alleviates Pain

Epidural steroid injections reduce swelling, taking pressure off the spinal nerve roots and temporarily alleviating pain.

Helps With Numbness and Tingling

Targeting inflammation also helps with the numbness and tingling associated with irritated spinal nerves.

Provides Diagnostic Information

In some patients, an epidural for back pain provides diagnostic information, helping to pinpoint the source of the problem.

Who Can Benefit From Epidural Steroid Injections?

Epidural steroid injections can be used to treat inflamed nerves in the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (mid back) and lumbar spine (low back). While spinal nerve root inflammation most commonly occurs in the low back with pain radiating down the buttocks or legs, it’s also a fairly common source of neck pain, particularly pain that radiates to the arms. Less commonly, nerves in the thoracic spine are affected.

Chronic pain from nerve compression can be caused by a number of conditions, including:

  • Injury
  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Scoliosis
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
Epidural Steroid Injections
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What is the Epidural Steroid Injection Procedure Like?

Our NY pain management doctor, Dr. Antigone Argyriou, will perform an exam and chat with you about your medical history and needs to determine if it’s the right treatment for you.

During the procedure, Dr. Argyriou will first inject local anesthesia near the affected area. Then, she’ll insert the epidural needle and use fluoroscopic guidance (real-time x-ray imaging) to reach the right location. Finally, she’ll inject the corticosteroid medication directly into the epidural space.


How long do epidural steroid injections last?

An epidural for back pain can last weeks, months or even up to a year for some patients.

What is the difference between a cortisone shot and an epidural steroid injection?

A cortisone shot is considered systemic, because the medication enters the bloodstream. An epidural steroid injection, on the other hand, delivers the medication directly at or near the source of the nerve pain, offering more targeted relief.

How painful is an epidural steroid injection?

The procedure isn’t painful, but there can be mild discomfort. The level of discomfort depends on the type of injection. There are several different paths to reach the epidural space. Interlaminar epidural steroid injections, for example, cause minimal discomfort, because the needle is inserted away from the nerve roots and into the back side of the spine.

That said, with any epidural steroid injection, Dr. Argyriou uses local anesthesia to numb the area before inserting the epidural needle, so you won’t feel much. After the procedure, you can have minor soreness that lasts up to three days.

What should you avoid after an epidural steroid injection?

After an epidural steroid injection, you should not drive for 12 hours. Avoid applying heat to the injection site or using steam rooms or saunas for 72 hours. You can resume your regular daily activities 24 hours after your injection.

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