Spinal pain can be extremely debilitating and hard to live with, whether it’s centered in your neck or somewhere in your back. At Bender Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist in Roswell, GA, board-certified pain management physician, Jay Bender, MD, performs specialized epidural injections that offer relief that can last for years. To find out if you’re a good candidate for a life-changing epidural treatment to relieve spinal compression pain, call or make an appointment online today.
An epidural injection targets the space surrounding the spine, called the epidural. When you suffer from inflammation in the spine due to disc compression, you feel the pain not only in the affected area, but also as pain radiating outward due to the compression of the nerves that flow through the spinal column. When Dr. Bender injects the epidural area with pain-relieving medication, the swelling goes down, relieving the pressure on the nerves and resulting in noticeable pain relief.
Epidural injections can help relieve spinal pain due to:
Dr. Bender performs cervical spine, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine epidural injections. Cervical spine injections relieve pain in the neck, which can radiate through your shoulders and down your arms all the way to your hands. Thoracic spine injections relieve middle back and shoulder pain. Injections to the lumbar region of your lower spine help relieve lower back pain, as well as sciatica pain due to lower back compression.
First, Dr. Bender injects a local anesthetic to the treatment area, numbing it so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. Once you’re numb, Dr. Bender uses an X-ray and contrast dye to help him guide the needle exactly to the targeted epidural space.
Once the needle is in place, Dr. Bender injects a mixture of a steroid and an anesthetic. These two medications work to both relieve your pain and reduce the inflammation at the injection area. After the procedure, most people can walk out of the office on their own, although you will need someone to drive you home.
You should feel pain relief within three days that lasts anywhere from a few weeks to a year, depending on your condition. You may need one or two additional injections from Dr. Bender to reduce your pain level. The goal is to provide enough short-term pain relief to allow you to begin physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles, leading to long-term pain relief.
You don’t need to live with spinal compression pain and the resulting conditions such as sciatica. Let Dr. Bender provide safe and expert care with epidural injections to get you on the path to full mobility free of pain. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.