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Can epidurals treat a herniated disk?

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If rest, pain relievers, and physical therapy don't help with your pain, your doctor can inject a steroid medicine into the space around your spinal nerve. This is called an epidural injection. The steroid can help bring down the swelling, help you move more easily, and ease pain from a herniated disk.

Your doctor will use an X-ray or CT scan to find the right spot to inject the medicine. You might need more than one steroid shot to relieve your pain.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Herniated Disk."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: "Herniated Disk in the Lower Back."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Herniated Disk."

Cleveland Clinic: "Herniated Disk." "Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines (NSAIDs)."

Mayo Clinic. “Herniated Disk.”

North American Spine Society: "Lumbar (Open) Microscopic Diskectomy."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Surgery for Herniated Disk."

Radiological Society of North America, Inc.: "Epidural Injections."

Temple University Health System: "Herniated Disk Surgery."

University of Michigan: "Lumbar Herniated Disk: Should I Have Surgery?"

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: "Herniated Disk."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Herniated Disk."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: "Herniated Disk in the Lower Back."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Herniated Disk."

Cleveland Clinic: "Herniated Disk." "Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines (NSAIDs)."

Mayo Clinic. “Herniated Disk.”

North American Spine Society: "Lumbar (Open) Microscopic Diskectomy."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Surgery for Herniated Disk."

Radiological Society of North America, Inc.: "Epidural Injections."

Temple University Health System: "Herniated Disk Surgery."

University of Michigan: "Lumbar Herniated Disk: Should I Have Surgery?"

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: "Herniated Disk."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 12, 2018

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