Back, head or neck pain can all change the course of a normal day, and over time can alter your life in many different ways. Teddrick Dunson, MD, of Thrive Pain Management in Irving, Texas, offers epidural injections as one of many treatments that can reduce pain and give you the chance to shape each day according to your needs. Learn more through a one-on-one discussion of the options. Online scheduling takes just moments, or you can always call to check appointment availability.
Your spinal cord is a long, delicate structure that runs from the end of your brain stem down to the base of your spine. It’s filled with nerves that communicate signals to and from your brain.
This bundle of nerves is encased in three distinct layers of tissue and protected by the bony corridor of your vertebrae. Between the vertebral wall and the outermost membrane lies your epidural space, which contains cerebrospinal fluid. Any undue pressure on the nerves can lead to significant pain.
Epidural injections deliver analgesic medication directly into your epidural space. These injections provide swift but temporary pain relief and are a very useful tool in pain management.
These injections contain two types of medication: a corticosteroid and an anesthetic numbing medication. Some of the corticosteroids commonly used include triamcinolone, dexamethasone, and methylprednisolone. The numbing agent is often lidocaine or bupivacaine.
One of the reasons these injections are such a popular approach is the ability to administer the medication to the exact location of the pain. That allows faster relief without having to move through the digestive process, as is the case with oral pain medications.
Many men and women can benefit from this treatment approach. Some of the conditions treated with epidural steroid injections include:
At Thrive Pain Management, Dr. Dunson completes a thorough diagnostic exam before discussing treatment options. If this approach is a good fit for your needs, you receive the details needed to make an informed decision about your care.
It’s important to understand that epidural steroid injections are not a permanent pain relief option. They work by temporarily numbing the area where the pain originates and reducing swelling that can exacerbate pain.
These injections don’t actually treat the source of pain. They can, however, keep you comfortable as you complete a program of physical therapy or another treatment path. You can expect relief to last 1-3 months.
If you’d like to learn more about epidural steroid injections, call Thrive Pain Management to schedule a visit or try the online booking tool today.