Comprehensive Pain Management
(Formally known as Franklin Pain and Wellness and Warwick Pain)
Franklin, MA • (508) 507-8818
Warwick, RI • (401) 352-0007
South Kingstown, RI • (401) 234-9677
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“Relieving the burning or electrical type pain going down one’s arm or leg; often associated with a herniated disc”.
An Epidural Injection is an outpatient procedure that involves placing steroid and numbing medicine into the epidural space. (Epi= around, Dural= the covering of the spinal cord). Typically, this procedure is done for herniated discs (pinched nerves), which often result in electrical like pain shooting down one’s arm or leg. When a nerve is being pinched, that pinching occurs in the epidural space or close to it. For this reason, this is the area where the steroid is injected. The injection does not go into the spinal cord, or into nerve roots. The overall success of this procedure has consistently exceeded 75% in research studies for either neck, mid-back, or low back pinched nerve problems. In conjunction with additional therapeutic options, such as physical therapy, the non-operative success rates can achieve over 95% pain relief and avoid surgery!
The Epidural Injection is an outpatient procedure that takes about 30 minutes. After the procedure, the patient is able to go home within an hour. Depending on the body’s metabolism, the steroid may take 2-3 days to kick in. Studies performed regarding epidural injections show 75-90% good to excellent results. The Epidural injection relieves chronic pain. The injection contains a large anti-inflammatory agent and will bathe the inflamed and painful area with soothing steroid medication to provide pain relief. The hope is that the body will know that this piece of disc (herniated disc) is not supposed to be there and it will disintegrate it.
1.) Interlaminar 2.) Transforaminal 3.) Caudal.