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How Epidural Steroid Injections Work

Inflamed spinal nerves caused by a herniated disc of spinal stenosis can leave you in a lot of pain. Thankfully, there is a back pain treatment in Jacksonville, FL, designed to treat these problems so you can begin to resume your normal activities and physical therapy programs. This treatment is called an epidural steroid injection (ESI).

So what exactly is an epidural steroid injection? A mixture of a corticosteroid and an anesthetic numbing agent, this is a shot that delivers the drugs directly into the epidural space of the spine, which is the area between the protective dura sac and the bony vertebra. When delivered into the painful area, these injections are able to reduce inflammation to reduce pain by flushing away the proteins causing the swelling.

Depending on your unique situation, pain relief from these shots can last from days to years. You will want to talk to your doctor about the specifics of your spinal problems to gain a better understanding of how an epidural steroid injection can help you work towards your goal of living a pain-free life. Individuals that are typically candidates for this procedure include those suffering from:

  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Degenerative Disc
  • Sciatica

Reach out to the team at First Coast Pain for more information.