At Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco, S. Justin Badiyan, MD supports patients dealing with a range of acute and chronic pain conditions. Among the services and therapies we recommend for patients with radiating pain from the neck or back into your arms or legs, an epidural steroid injection (ESI) might be the right treatment for you. With this minimally invasive treatment, we can help to relieve sharp, numb, or tingling pain radiating from your neck or back into your arms or legs pain due to inflamed nerves in your spine.
Spine-related pain felt around your body
Because your spine concentrates many nerves together, issues with your spine can cause symptoms of pain in other locations on your body, often your neck, back, arms, and legs. If your spine is suffering from a condition like spinal stenosis or a disc herniation, your spinal nerves can become inflamed, sending jolts of pain through your limbs.
To resolve pain flare-ups and get you back into active shape, we need to interrupt the cycle of nerve pain that can trap you for months. After an ESI, you may experience relief from pain lasting from several months to potentially years, allowing you to address the problem with physical therapy or other treatments and avoid surgery!
When you come in for treatment, we deliver medicines through an injection delivered in the epidural space between your spinal bones and the protective sac that surrounds your nerves. We use a corticosteroid medication combined with an anesthetic, to keep you from feeling added pain or discomfort during the treatment. The procedure is done under live x-ray guidance and is typically completed in under 5 minutes. We also offer twilight anesthesia during the procedure for patients that request it.
How an epidural steroid injection can help
Anesthesiologists are the foremost experts at providing epidurals. You might benefit from ESI treatment if you have conditions including:
- Sciatica pain in your legs and buttocks
- Spinal stenosis resulting in arm or leg pain and weakness
- Weakness or fractures between the upper and lower facets of a vertebra
- A herniated or degenerative disc causing pain in your upper or lower extremities
We can tailor your injection location to your pain symptoms for the best results. Most patients can leave the office after treatment on their feet, and can typically get back to full activity within a day or so. You may need a few subsequent injections, spaced out by several weeks, to see your best results.
A epidural steroid injection can work to rapidly reduce inflammation and pain, get you back on your feet, and back to your usual activities. The team at Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco can guide you along every step of your journey toward repairing and healing spinal nerve inflammation and sciatica pain.
To find out if an epidural steroid injection could be the right solution for your neck, back, arm, or leg pain, contact Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco today. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment at our Frisco or Lewisville, Texas offices over the phone, or with the online booking tool.