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What is an Epidural Injection?
An epidural injection is an injection of medication into the space around the spinal cord, also known as the epidural space, to provide relief from pain or inflammation. This procedure is usually done to treat lower back symptoms related to spinal canal narrowing or degenerative disease.
During the procedure, the radiologist will use fluoroscopy imaging guidance to make sure the needle is in the right location for maximum pain relief. Steroids, anesthetics and anti-inflammatory medications are typically delivered in an epidural injection.
The injection may reduce pain and swelling in and around the spinal nerve roots, as well as around damaged nerves.
What to expect
- You will be advised of any preparation by your booking agent before your appointment.
- If you are on any blood thinning medications (e.g. coumadin) you may be advised to stop taking them for a few days before your exam.
- The technologist will position you on the exam bed to ensure you are comfortable.
- Using fluoroscopy guidance, the radiologist will inject an anesthetic and steroid into the tissues surrounding the spinal canal to help relieve your symptoms.
You should take it easy for a day or so after the procedure.