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

From: Injections for Back Pain Relief WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

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

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

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 4, 2017

SOURCES:

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

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

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

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 4, 2017

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