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A 33-year-old member asked:

When do people generally get epidural steroid injections?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
Pain and labor: An epidural is a procedure to gain access to a space that surrounds the nerves and even spinal cord in the spine. The space is then injected with different medications that can range from anesthetics to steroids. For chronic pain management steroids are often used. For labor and acute post op pain anesthetics are often used.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
For pain: Usually used for radicular low back pain due to a disc bulge/herniation or for spinal stenosis.
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management 25 years experience
Failed Treatment: When more conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatories, rest, and physical therapy fail and patients have what is known as radicular symptoms such as sciatica or arm pain thought to be caused by disc disease.
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 13 years experience
When there is nerve : Inflammation due to mechanical compression or chemical irritation. It should be an active part of your treatment not a solution when physical therapy fails. Epidurals cure nothing, time and physical therapy do. You should ask for a physical therapy referral immediately after your first injection.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
4-6 weeks: Initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. If not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further. Try core exercise s first, check youtube or see PT.

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When do you need epidural steroid injections?

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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
Failed other options: Epidurals are often used to help relieve pain from an inflammed disc or pinched nerve. These may be used to relieve back pain after a conservative trial of medication, physical therapy, and rest.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are epidural steroid injections used for?

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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Inflamed nerves: Epidural steroid injections reduce inflammation of nerve roots often caused by disk herniations in the spine. For the lumbar spine, they are more likely to work when pain radiates down one or both legs. They can give a week to a year of relief. Talk to your doctor about it as there is a lot more to discuss. Good luck.

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