Epidural Steroid Injection


During an Epidural Steroid Injection, a physician will use x-ray technology to guide a thin needle into the epidural space along your spine. These injections are often used to treat back pain caused by spinal nerve inflammation. Typically, you’ll start to feel the benefits within two days, and the results can last for up to 3 months.

Back pain is a serious ailment that can affect your ability to participate in your favorite activities, do your job, sleep well and more. But new treatments, including epidural steroid injection, can alleviate the inflammation that is causing your pain.

What causes the inflammation?

Back pain and the inflammation associated with it can be caused by a variety of conditions, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Slipped disc
  • Bone spur
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis

Epidural Steroid Injection: The Non-Surgical Treatment

When your back pain has compromised your quality of life, you may consider surgical options to treat the underlying condition. Epidural Steroid Injection is an effective, non-surgical treatment that provides long-lasting relief from back pain caused by a variety of conditions. And you don’t have to travel far to get relief. 

To schedule a consultation for your Epidural Steroid Injection, contact our Roanoke office at 540-777-5454.

Preparing for an Epidural Steroid Injection

If you’re taking blood thinners, such as Coumadin, your doctor may direct you to stop taking it for a few days before the procedure. This goes for aspirin-based medications, too.

You may experience a slight spike in your blood sugar, so if you are diabetic, ask your doctor what steps to take to control your blood sugar during and after the procedure.

On the day of your procedure, wear comfortable clothes and shoes and leave your jewelry and valuables at home. As with any medical procedure, someone will need to drive you home and stay with you through the next day, just in case there are any complications.

Epidural Steroid Injection Process

You will be lying on your stomach or on your side during the procedure.

Your physician will use x-ray technology to guide a thin needle into the epidural space along your spine and deliver the medication directly to the inflamed area. Following the injection, you will lie on your back or stay in a seated position for up to 30 minutes.

Most patients experience pain relief within 12 to 48 hours after the injection, and results can last for up to three months.

Depending on your condition, your physician may recommend Epidural Steroid Injections at regularly scheduled intervals. If your pain returns before your next appointment, ask your physician about your options.

Risks of Epidural Steroid Injection

There are very few risks associated with an epidural steroid injection. The most common risks are associated with any type of needle stick, including infection and allergic reaction.

Side effects of an Epidural Steroid Injection can include:

  • Headache
  • Bleeding
  • Fever
  • Blood sugar spike
  • Numbness and tingling at injection site
The majority of patients say that the risks are greatly outweighed by the pain relief an Epidural Steroid Injection provides.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need an Epidural Steroid Injection?
You have back, leg, neck or arm pain that can be attributed to spinal nerve inflammation and other treatment options haven’t eased your discomfort or improved your ability to function.
How do I prepare for an Epidural Steroid Injection?
What happens before an Epidural Steroid Injection?
What happens during an Epidural Steroid Injection?
What happens after an Epidural Steroid Injection?

The Interventional Center

4437 Starkey Road SW, Suite A
Roanoke, VA 24018

Phone: (540) 283-3881