If you have suffered from a leg or low back pain your doctor may have mentioned the possibility of an epidural steroid injection. Epidural steroid injections are a common treatment for low back and leg pain.
What Are ESI’s?
They have been used as a treatment for lower back problems since 1952 and are still an essential part of non-surgical management for those who have to endure the pain of sciatica or other forms of low back pain. An epidural steroid injection used in combination with a comprehensive rehabilitation program and other forms of conservative treatments can provide additional and longer lasting benefits although a single injection is enough to provide relief.
When Do I Need ESI’s?
Sufferers of low back pain and practitioners agree that providing relief during an acute episode of back or leg pain is beneficial, although temporary. It is the epidural steroid injection that provides enough pain relief to allow you to participate in a rehabilitative program including stretching and exercises.
Epidural steroid injections can be used for more areas than the lower back. They have been successful in easing the pain in the neck and mid spine regions. Epidural steroid injections can provide pain relief for one week up to one year. If they are successful in providing the relief you may have up to three injections throughout the year.
Since epidural steroid injections deliver medication directly to the source of pain they are commonly preferred over oral steroids or painkillers which do not have a direct impact on the pain. Plus, the possible side effects of an epidural steroid injection are much preferred for most over the side effects of pain pills.
Dallas Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Sherine Reno is a Board Certified American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist focusing on performance sports medicine and injection procedures. Dr. Reno is Medical Director of Performance Sports Medicine, a clinic devoted to the treatment of pediatric to elite level athletes. Dr. Reno has been named 2015-2016 Top10MD an honor only 1-in-3 doctor’s in the United States succeed with this recognition. Contact Dr. Reno today on her profile or call 214.342.0400.