A lumbar epidural injection is a shot of steroid medicine into your back. The injection goes into the space around your spinal cord.
A doctor may do this to help with pain, tingling, or numbness in your back or down your leg. These symptoms might be caused by a back or disc problem.
Steroids don't always work. And when they do, it takes a few days. But the pain relief can last for several days to a few months or longer.
Your injection may also include a numbing medicine that will work right away for a short time.
Some people get a series of injections over weeks or months.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John M. Freedman, MD - Anesthesiology & Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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