Epidural Injections in Torrance, Southbay & Westside, CA
Epidural injections is commonly done to alleviate joint pain, knee pain, back pain and neck pain caused by pinched or inflamed nerves. The injection of medication into the surrounding area helps to decrease pain and swelling of the inflamed nerve. Although rare, risks of epidural steroid injection procedure may include infection, allergic reaction to the medication, spinal headache, nerve damage, and prolonged increase in pain and paralysis.
Types of Epidural Injections
- Thoracic epidural steroid injection
- Lumbar epidural steroid injection
- Cervical epidural steroid injection
Epidural Injections Procedures
The goal of the injections is to help alleviate pain and many times the numbness that frequently accompanies leg and arm pain. It is performed at the base of the spine just above the tail bone or coccyx. A small needle is inserted at this location and advanced to the epidural space. An x-ray (fluoroscopy) machine will be used so that we can be sure of where the needles are placed. Once we identify the epidural space, we will inject a long-acting steroid and, in some cases, a local anesthetic agent to bathe the structures that are inflamed (disk and nerve roots) which should help to decrease your pain. Sometimes we will feed a small plastic catheter into the epidural space to allow us to inject near the nerves in the lower lumbar spine to decrease inflammation at that level. By itself, an epidural injection may be sufficient to provide relief but may also be used in conjunction with a comprehensive rehabilitation program for longer term benefit.
At Pacific Pain & Wellness, epidural injections are performed by pain specialists Dr. Kartik Ananth. Your pain specialists at the Pacific Pain & Wellness will discuss the options with you. Although rare, risks of epidural injections may include adverse reaction to the medicine, infection or nerve damage.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are suffering from debilitating joint pain, knee pain, back and neck pain in Torrance, Los Angeles, and want to know if Epidural Injection is right for you, please contact us.
Call (424) 625-6600 for an Appointment