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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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Is there a difference btn epidural injection vs cortisone. I'm having cortisone done in L4/5 in a surgery center, why there vs doctors office?

Is there a difference btn epidural injection vs cortisone. I'm having cortisone done in L4/5 in a surgery center, why there vs doctors office?

Ask your doc: epidural injection usually uses cortisone. it is up to the doctor whether to do it using a c-arm in office or in the surgery center in case of complications based on your risk profile. ask your doctor if you want to know ...Read more

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Will a cortisone injection help fix or relieve a bulging disc?

Will a cortisone injection help fix or relieve a bulging disc?

Bulging Disc: A bulging disc may not be cause of pain. It is just a finding on and MRI and may not mean anything. In fact, in a review of lumbar mri’s in individuals with no back pain, 54% of people less than 60 had at least 1 bulging disc and 74% of those sixty and older had at least one bulging disc (boden et al, 1990). That being said an epidural block offers relief to many patients with back pain. ...Read more

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Can a cortisone injection be given in the neck for spondylosis?

Yes: It can help with arm pain, but usually does not help with myelopathy. There is more risk compared to lumbar epidural steroids. Talk to your pain physician about it. ...Read more

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I am a football coach, I have sciatica, will a cortisone injection calm it ?

I am a football coach, I have sciatica, will a cortisone injection calm it ?

Pinched Nerve: I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. Epidural Steroid Injections are helpful but you need to get evaluated to determine if that is right for you. ...Read more

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Should i abstain fromtaking oral anti inflammatorys after having a cortisone injection?

Should i abstain fromtaking oral anti inflammatorys after having a cortisone injection?

Depends on your need: The goal of the cortisone injection is to decrease your symptoms to the point where you don't need to take anti- inflammatories. That being said, a short course, if you need them is okay. Ask your doctor which one you should take, at what dose, and for how long. ...Read more

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Had a cortisone injection 2 months ago with intolerance how long can the cortisone stay in my body?

Had a cortisone injection 2 months ago with intolerance how long can the cortisone stay in my body?

Long gone: While some steroids last longer in your blood stream than others, all steroids froom oral Prednisone to injectable triamcinolone would be long gone from your body, even after one week. You could not possibly be having issues after two months! ...Read more

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Cortisone (Definition)

A steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and maintains blood pressure. A preparation of this hormone obtained from natural sources or produced synthetically and used to treat inflammatory ...Read more


Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
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Cortizone (Definition)

Cortizone is a low strength steroid which is a kind of ...Read more