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Is an epidural injection helpful for chronic back pain?

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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Depends

It depends on cause of back pain.
If you have pain from lumbar facet joints, the epidural will have almost no effect on your back pain. If the pain shoots down a leg or two and is from a disk herniation, you have a good chance the pain will go away for a while (a week to a year). If you also do physical therapy, there may be even more chance of improvement. Talk to your doctor and good luck.

In brief: Depends

It depends on cause of back pain.
If you have pain from lumbar facet joints, the epidural will have almost no effect on your back pain. If the pain shoots down a leg or two and is from a disk herniation, you have a good chance the pain will go away for a while (a week to a year). If you also do physical therapy, there may be even more chance of improvement. Talk to your doctor and good luck.
Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
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Dr. Peter Glusker
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Epidural

Generally no, or for a very limited time, with potential complications, in the neurology literature.

In brief: Epidural

Generally no, or for a very limited time, with potential complications, in the neurology literature.
Dr. Peter Glusker
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