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Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain may be caused by many events or circumstances, including surgery, broken bones, etc. Unrelieved acute pain may lead to chronic pain, which may persist even after the original injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years and can have lasting physical effects. Tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite can occur, in addition to emotional effects, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such effects may hinder a person's ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. We feel each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Our medical staff takes a multidisciplinary approach in addressing your pain management concerns, and we work with you to determine the best treatment options. Depending upon your diagnosis, pain may be treated in a number of ways. After a comprehensive review of the patient's history and current health, a care plan is developed that may include a wide array of interventional pain management procedures & techniques such as: See our Patient Education page.

Epidural Steroid Injections

Nerves function as a transport system for electrical impulses as they pass from one area of the body to the brain, where they are translated into sensations such as pain or pleasure. Because nerves pass through the spinal cord, conditions such as bone spurs, disc herniation, spondylolysis, thickening of ligaments, and joint cysts that affect the back can also affect nerves and the areas they represent. These conditions can cause areas in the back through which nerves pass to narrow, causing the nerves within to become inflamed. The inflamed nerves send the brain pain signals, which are interpreted as pain in the area to which the nerve corresponds, such as the leg or arm.

Epidural steroid injections can be used to reduce the leg or arm pain that may accompany neck-related or lower back-related conditions. Steroids can be injected into the epidural space (an area within the spine that is close to the inflamed nerve) to decrease the inflammation of the nerve, thereby reducing pain. Local anesthetic may be added to the steroid to have an immediate effect on the pain. It can take anywhere from a few days to a week to feel the full benefits of the steroid, but patients will continue to feel reduced pain and improved function for several months following the injection.

Usually, we use epidural steroid injections to temporarily relieve the patient of their pain while the underlying cause of the pain is treated through physical therapy or other methods.

Side effects and outcomes are unique to each patient and will be discussed before any treatment options are prescribed.

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