Benefits of Epidural Injection for Back and Leg Pain

Epidural Injections are a great way to relieve pain and allow you to return to normal activity. Epidural injections are also known as Epidural Steroid Injections (ESIs) or spinal injections. Pain caused in the back and lower extremities is often caused by an injured disk that pushes on the spine or spinal nerves, causing mild to severe discomfort. Epidural injections are a non-invasive treatment that relieves pain without the need for surgery. For best results, they are often paired with medication and physical therapy. 

How Does an Epidural Injection Relieve My Pain?

A steroid injection is used to reduce the pain felt in the back and lower extremities. A local anesthetic is first administered, which reduces the pain within minutes, and allows the epidural to be administered without pain. The pain medication being administered in an epidural injection is a steroid. Steroids prevent inflammation in the body and allow it time to heal. Epidural injections function as a preventative measure to control pain early and avoid surgery. They are used to treat pain in patients whose pain is from the nerves and bones in the back.

How Long Until I Feel Relief?

You will feel relief from the local anesthetic immediately, which will last for several hours. The steroid injection starts working within 24-48 hours of injection. The steroid is a long-acting medication that offers relief for weeks to months after your injection. Additional doses can be given when pain relief has worn off. 

Does an Epidural Injection Repair My Herniated Injury?

Epidural injections do not repair the wear and tear on your spine. They do, however, decrease the swelling in the area of pain, such as a herniated disc. As the steroid reduces swelling, it allows the body time to heal the damaged disc. Patients in the later stages of back and nerve damage may not benefit from an epidural injection, as damage may be too severe for a steroid to allow healing. If ESI does not offer relief, we can discuss other treatment options that are best for you. 

Testimonial from Kent Davies:

I have been coming to see Dr. Wendell Gibby for over 10 years. The epidural injections offer relief to my lower back pain that no other medications have. Dr. Gibby is an honest and no-nonsense doctor, which is why I have continued to fly out for procedures for so many years. 

In summary, epidural injections:

  • Relieve back and leg pain for months at a time
  • Reduce swelling in the area of pain, often a herniated or bulged disc
  • Allows time for the disc to repair itself

If you have any additional questions, or are ready to schedule an appointment, please call 801-229-2002. 

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