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Epidural for pain clinic due to lumbar sprain, what to expect?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Safe procedure in

Experienced hands.
They will take you into a room with a fluoroscopy machine, which is a c shaped x ray machine that they can maneuver around you. They will take some pictures, put a needle in your back, position it correctly with x ray, and then put the medication in the epidural space (assuming translaminar) if transforaminal, will be slightly to the side. Procedure will be maybe a few minutes.

In brief: Safe procedure in

Experienced hands.
They will take you into a room with a fluoroscopy machine, which is a c shaped x ray machine that they can maneuver around you. They will take some pictures, put a needle in your back, position it correctly with x ray, and then put the medication in the epidural space (assuming translaminar) if transforaminal, will be slightly to the side. Procedure will be maybe a few minutes.
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Dr. Robert Kent
An important question to ask the physician however, is why are you getting an epidural for a lumbar sprain? An epidural is certainly not indicated for a lumbar sprain. These are for nerve root and spinal cord irritation/inflammation. I would double check on the diagnosis, because while it is a safe procedure, there are risks and they should not be taken for a sprain. Please double check diagnosis.
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