Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a common medical treatment used to relieve pain and inflammation in the spinal region. They involve the injection of a corticosteroid medication into the epidural space, which is the area surrounding the spinal cord and the nerves that branch out from it.
The corticosteroid medication used in the injection works to reduce inflammation, swelling, and irritation around the nerves in the epidural space, thereby reducing pain and improving mobility. ESIs can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.
The procedure is typically performed in an outpatient setting, and involves the injection of the medication through a needle that is guided by X-ray or ultrasound imaging. It is generally considered safe, although there are some potential risks and side effects, such as infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and allergic reactions. It’s important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of ESIs with a healthcare provider to determine if it is a suitable treatment option for your specific condition.« Back to Glossary Index