14 doctors weighed in:
When do you need epidural steroid injections?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
5 doctors agree
In brief: Only when you
are still in pain from sciatica due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or even facet arthropathy after completing a round of conservative care.
This typically means you have tried medications, exercise, therapy and no help to your pain has been attained during that time.

In brief: Only when you
are still in pain from sciatica due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or even facet arthropathy after completing a round of conservative care.
This typically means you have tried medications, exercise, therapy and no help to your pain has been attained during that time.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Steven Arbit
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Epdural
An epidural injection is useful when you have a radiculopathy or a pinched nerve in your neck or back.

In brief: Epdural
An epidural injection is useful when you have a radiculopathy or a pinched nerve in your neck or back.
Dr. Steven Arbit
Dr. Steven Arbit
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Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Never
Nobody ever "needs" an epidural.
It is an elective procedure that is part of the treatment continuum for disc disease of the spine and often a less invasive prelude to possibly surgery as an option. Epidurals typically work best on patients with newer onset symptoms of sciatica or radiculopathy. It is an option, but never a "must do". I say this as an interventional pain specialist.

In brief: Never
Nobody ever "needs" an epidural.
It is an elective procedure that is part of the treatment continuum for disc disease of the spine and often a less invasive prelude to possibly surgery as an option. Epidurals typically work best on patients with newer onset symptoms of sciatica or radiculopathy. It is an option, but never a "must do". I say this as an interventional pain specialist.
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
In brief: Failed other options
Epidurals are often used to help relieve pain from an inflammed disc or pinched nerve.
These may be used to relieve back pain after a conservative trial of medication, physical therapy, and rest.

In brief: Failed other options
Epidurals are often used to help relieve pain from an inflammed disc or pinched nerve.
These may be used to relieve back pain after a conservative trial of medication, physical therapy, and rest.
Dr. Craig Morton
Dr. Craig Morton
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