An epidural injection is a procedure that relieves pain and swelling in the neck and back. Steroids, anesthetics, or anti-inflammatory medicine are injected into the space around the spinal cord. Flouroscopy and CT technology are used to guide the needle to the correct area.
Your doctor may suggest an epidural injection if you have pain due to a herniated or bulging disc, spinal cord injury, a failed back surgery, or other spinal conditions. The injection can be combined with physical therapy, oral medications, and surgery if needed.
How to Prepare
Follow all of your doctor’s instructions about taking medicine. No fasting is needed.
You will need to use the restroom before the procedure begins.
What to Expect
Lie on the table face down or on your side.
Nurses will be present and will help you stay comfortable.
The doctor will inject the epidural medicine into your back or neck.
You may feel a tingling or pressure.
You may also feel some burning and mild discomfort.
After the Procedure
Have someone drive you home.
Take it easy after the procedure.
The pain may not go away immediately, but will gradually diminish over the first 48 hours.
The pain relief can last days, weeks, or even months.