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A 77-year-old female asked:

will epidural steroid injection help a sciata nurve?

4 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alessandra Bertolucci
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Might: Steroid will decrease the inflammation in the area of injection and if this is your problem causing the sciatica then will be very helpful.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Agree in theory. Unfortunately, medical science has failed to prove exactly why these injections work. Or why Lidocaine (which only lasts 2 hours) has similar long-term results in some studies... I still recommend them and perform them, as they do help.
Apr 9, 2013
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Often: Targeted injections can be very helpful in many cases.
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Leanswered
Pain Management 17 years experience
Yes: An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers steroids via a needle directly into the epidural space to help reduce inflammation. It is effective for sciatic pain.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
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Sep 1, 2013
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
it depends on what level it is & and if trans foraminal or intra-laminar.
Sep 1, 2013
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
depends on level injected & if trans foraminal or intra laminar.
Sep 1, 2013
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Yes: However it will help the sciatic nerve at its source in the spine at the nerve root level.

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