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Is it normal to have an epidural steroid injection for back pain?

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Dr. Michael Bailin
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
Yes and no: Back pain is complex. Usually there is one part of your back - a muscle, a tendon, a ligament, a joint, a bone that is causing the pain. The hard part is finding it. Epidural injection may be worth trying - but the key is to get a qualified doctor to examine you.
Dr. Michael Bailin
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
Sometimes: An epidural injection is one of many things that can be tried. Physical therapy, weight loss, some medicines, and just resting and waiting are all "normal" ways to treat back pain.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Pretty Common: If you have already exhausted all conservative care already.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Normal?: An ESI is a common treatment for back pain
Dr. Kumar Belani
Anesthesiology 46 years experience
One option
May 25, 2017
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Somewhat: Epidural steroid injections are in general more effective for patients with pain that runs down the leg (radiculopathy), in part because you can put the steroid directly on the nerve root causing the pain. there are so many structures that can cause back pain, epidural injections are not nearly as effective. if back pain is coming from a degenerative disc or facet, esi won't help much.
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Back pain: In addition to the good advice already given, consider doing a net search for John Sarno, MD. He has a good mind-body approach to pain but do see your doc as well. One book is called "The Divided Mind" by Sarno. Peace and good health.

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
It can be: In patients with back pain caused by inflammation of the spinal nerves who are well chosen for the procedure, steroid injections can work well.

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