Epidural injections deliver medication directly into an area around the spinal cord to help relieve pain.
Epidural injections deliver medication directly into an area around the spinal cord to help relieve pain
The main use for epidural steroid injections is when you have radiating pain (pain that shoots down your leg or legs). This condition is frequently referred to as sciatica. If your healthcare provider recommends an epidural injection, prior to the procedure tell him or her about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). You should also ask about specific instructions to follow before and after the procedure. These include:
Don't forget to make arrangements for transportation to and from the facility.
If you contact your healthcare provider for evaluation of your back pain, be prepared to discuss your symptoms, how long you've had them, and if you have had them before.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider before having an epidural injection.
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