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What are epidural injections?

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Epidural means "around the spinal cord." These shots include a steroid medicine, also called corticosteroid, and usually an anesthetic medicine, too.

How effective they are isn’t clear yet. Their effects seem to only last a short time and offer modest pain relief. So these might not be something you’d get for long-term back pain.

If your back pain started suddenly, there are other treatments your doctor would probably consider first.

SOURCES:

Benzon, H. Raj's Practical Management of Pain, Mosby, 2008.

Canale, S. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics, Mosby, 2008.

American Academy of Neurology: "Assessment: Use of Epidural Steroid Injections to Treat Radicular Lumbosacral Pain."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Benzon, H. Raj's Practical Management of Pain, Mosby, 2008.

Canale, S. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics, Mosby, 2008.

American Academy of Neurology: "Assessment: Use of Epidural Steroid Injections to Treat Radicular Lumbosacral Pain."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

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