What typically happens when an epidural steroid shot does not relieve pain in back?

Other options. May need to be considered. Speak with your doctor about these options, epidural steroid injections are only form of treatment for back pain.
Discuss options. Not everyone receives relief from an epidural steroid injection. It is important for you to follow up with your physician who can make further recommendations based on your exam. Sometimes, patients will be referred for surgical evaluation, others for physical therapy or some other alternative treatment.
Steroid shot back. You need a re-evaluation and perhaps more tests and consultations to determine why the therapy did not work. You may need other types of therapy or surgery.