How Injections Work | The Injection Procedure | The Risks Involved | Frequency of Injections

How Injections Work

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With injection therapy, medication is injected into the area surrounding a nerve root, which reduces inflammation and relieves pain. Relief from such injections can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months and sometimes longer, especially if therapy is used simultaneously to strengthen muscles in the back.

When physicians choose to use injection therapy, their ultimate goal is to relieve pain long enough to enable the patient to begin physical therapy.

The Injection Procedure

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Once the needle enters the epidural space, a syringe containing corticosteroid solution is connected to it. After ensuring the needle is in the correct place, the solution is slowly injected. During this time, you will be able to communicate with the doctor, and the most common sensation reported is one which resembles the feeling of “pins and needles.”

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The Risks Involved

There are risks involved in any operation or injection procedure. In the case of epidural steroid injections, these risks are minimal. There are some potential side effects and complications, most of which relate to the way in which the injection is administered rather than the actual steroid itself.

The most common side effect of epidural steroid injections is a temporary surge in pain, but this occurs only about 1 percent of the time and most likely relates to the volume of the injected substance. Headaches are another potential complication, with an incidence of just 1 percent. These headaches may be linked to the unintended puncture of the innermost membrane that surrounds the spinal cord. In most cases, the headache will subside within a few hours up to a day or two.

If you are allergic to any of the additives in the steroid solution, you may experience a hot flush or develop a rash. However, this should improve within a few hours or days.

As with any injection into the skin, it is possible for an infection to form if bacteria enters the puncture. However, the risk of this occurring in the case of an epidural injection is very low.

It is also possible during an injection procedure for a nerve to become damaged, causing pain to shoot through the leg. This may occur if the needle touches the lining surrounding a nerve. Use of the C-arm for guidance reduces this risk.

A patient’s blood pressure may fall at the time of an injection. If this occurs, the doctor may inject fluids and/or medication to control blood pressure. Other side effects of epidural steroid injections could occur based on the dosage of anesthetic or corticosteroid used or if the drugs are injected into the spinal fluid rather than the epidural space. However, these side effects are rare.

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Frequency of Injections

You are unlikely to benefit from repeated epidural steroid injections if the first or second does not provide relief. You should not receive more than three injections if none of them have helped. Even if the injections do provide relief, only in exceptional cases will more than three be recommended over a three-month period. Other injection techniques may prove helpful even if the initial approach does not provide obvious benefits. A secondpain injection therapy hyattsville, pain injection therapy laurel, pain injection therapy lanham, Choice Pain, Dr Tristan Shockley, pain management center Maryland, chronic pain treatment Washington DC, chronic pain treatment Maryland, spinal injections for back pain Maryland, non-surgical treatment for back pain Washington DC, non-surgical treatment for back pain Maryland, home remedies for back pain Maryland, home remedies for back pain Washington DC, spine injections for back pain Washington DC, pain care treatment options Washington DC, spinal injections Laurel Maryland, injections for back pain Washington DC, injections for back pain Washington DC epidural steroid injection will not be recommended if your pain symptoms are worsened by any previous injection.

Contact Us to learn more about pain injection therapy and other pain management options offered by Dr Shockley at CHOICE Pain and Rehabilitation Center in Hyattsville, MD.

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