U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
CA
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the success rate of an epidural steroid injection?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Samyukta Mullangi
Dr. Samyukta Mullangianswered
Dermatology 8 years experience
Unsure: The efficacy of epidural glucocorticoids remains unclear because of conflicting results from randomized controlled trials.The best evidence for benefit comes from trials for patients with radiculopathy due to a herniated disc and demonstrates short-term, but not long-term, benefit. Epidural injections for non-specific low back pain and spinal stenosis are of unproven benefit.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 51 years experience
See Below...: Outcome measures (success rates) vary widely and depend on the site of injection, the number of injections given, the time elapsed post injection and any pre-existing conditions and/or reasons for requiring the injection. Have a look at the link below: http://www.Aspmn.Org/conference/documents/2a.Epiduralsteroidinjections-areviewoftherecentliterature.Pdf.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Leanswered
Pain Management 18 years experience
ESI success rate: Epidural steroid injection is indicated in radicular pain. When done under fluoroscopic guidance and radiographic confirmation through the use of contrast, >50% of patients receive some pain relief as a result of lumbar epidural steroid injections.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
Hard to Say: Some people it works well and others it doesn't or there are other issues for their pain. In our practice we see most people who get good results it takes typically two injections to get sustained relief.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Related questions

A 34-year-old member asked:
Who should get an epidural steroid injection?
4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
A 35-year-old member asked:
Can i get a reverse epidural steroid injection?
4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
A 39-year-old member asked:
How is an epidural steroid injection typically performed?
5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
A 31-year-old member asked:
Will my medications affect my epidural steroid injection?
3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 53-year-old member asked:
How much steroid is used in an epidural steroid injection?
4 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Last updated Apr 25, 2015

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.