Everything You Need to Know About Epidural Injections

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One of the leading causes of disability worldwide, as many as 80% of adult Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Acute back pain typically resolves within a few weeks, but fully one in five of those with back pain develop chronic conditions. 

Often, the cause of chronic pain is difficult to treat, so instead of a cure, pain management becomes the standard of care. Chronic pain contributes to the current opioid crisis, since long-term use of pain medication leads to drug dependency and resistance. This causes continued use and larger doses, both of which lead to health issues of their own. And still, the back pain continues. 

Alternatives to conventional pain medication routines are in demand by both patients and doctors. Using epidural injections is a safe and long-lasting treatment for many with back pain. Contact Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers to learn if the epidural option is right for you. 

The structure of your spine

Understanding why an epidural steroid injection is effective at blocking back pain requires a quick look at the anatomy of your back, as well as its function. Your spine comprises 33 vertebrae and 23 discs, which provide cushioning and support between most of the joints. 

Surrounding your spine is a complex support network made up of the following soft tissues:

While your back provides your body with foundational support, allowing range of motion while providing support and balance, your spinal canal is also the primary conduit for your nervous system.

Back pain can be especially intense and problematic because of the highly sensitive nerve roots that branch out from your spine.

Targets of the epidural injection

When you experience chronic back pain, there’s irritation of one or more of the nerves in or along your spine. Reducing the source of pain means getting close to the problem nerves as possible — your epidural space. This space is located just outside your dural sac, which encircles your spinal cord, nerve roots, and cerebrospinal fluid.

With an epidural injection, a corticosteroid and anesthetic solution gets placed into the epidural space, and these medications work together to reduce the inflammation that compresses and irritates your nerves.

Is epidural injection right for you? 

Back pain develops for many reasons, and each may require its own approach, depending on your unique situation. Epidural injections are used successfully to combat the pain associated with:

While these are the most common causes of chronic back pain, epidural injections may help in other less common cases of back pain, such as an annular tear in your disc.

Delaying surgery

If you’ve tried other remedies for your chronic back pain, you’re likely looking for a longer-term solution. Epidural injections, when they find their target, can provide you with up to several months of relief, giving you valuable time to address the underlying cause of your back pain. You can also repeat the injections with us to maintain your newly pain-free life.

When the alternative is back surgery with its associated risks and recovery times, epidural injections may prove to be a safe and viable solution to chronic back pain that delays the need for surgery by years. 

Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers can help you determine the right course of action for your back pain. Call or click today to arrange your personal consultation. 

 

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