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Injection for relief severe pain in left leg due to spinal discs?

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: ESI

Esi is indicated for arm pain or leg pain associated with a pinched nerve—whether disc herniation, bone spur, or spinal stenosis.
Any of these problems usually respond well, at least temporarily, to esi. If you do not have an MRI to confirm, then there is less ability to predict success with this injection. No harm in trying if your doc thinks it might be the spine.

In brief: ESI

Esi is indicated for arm pain or leg pain associated with a pinched nerve—whether disc herniation, bone spur, or spinal stenosis.
Any of these problems usually respond well, at least temporarily, to esi. If you do not have an MRI to confirm, then there is less ability to predict success with this injection. No harm in trying if your doc thinks it might be the spine.
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Dr. John Baker
Agreed with Dr. Douglas Linville, II, as MRI can be helpful to confirm localization. Also to add to this, EMG-Nerve Conduction Studies can add even more precise localization, as well as confirm the diagnosis even when the MRI does not identify an actual "pinched" nerve...this would be noncompressive radiculopathy, rare, but real.
Dr. John Baker
Neurology

In brief: Inj

If back pain started recently within the last 6-8 wks, it would be more worthwhile to see a physician and obtain specific tx protocol involving therapy exercises and antiinflammatories.
If chronic and intractable, yes epidural steroid injections are typically the treatment of choice.

In brief: Inj

If back pain started recently within the last 6-8 wks, it would be more worthwhile to see a physician and obtain specific tx protocol involving therapy exercises and antiinflammatories.
If chronic and intractable, yes epidural steroid injections are typically the treatment of choice.
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