Epidural Steroid Injection Treatment in Arlington, VA

What is an Epidural Steroid Injection?

An epidural steroid injection is one of the most popular treatment options for delivering pain medicine quickly into the body with a syringe. It is sometimes called an ESI.

If you’re seeking expert pain management, schedule a consultation with Dr. Timothy Herberg, our Interventional Pain Specialist, at our state-of-the-art orthopedic clinic in Arlington, VA. Request an appointment online today using our secure form.

Why is it called an Epidural Steroid Injection?

The injection is named an epidural steroid injection because it involves injecting a local anesthetic and a steroid medication directly into the epidural space that surrounds the spinal cord and nerve roots. This epidural space of the spine is between the bony vertebra and the protective dura sac surrounding the spinal nerves and cord. Medication administration in this space allows for targeted delivery of anti-inflammatory medication adjacent to the site of pathology.  

Benefits of the Epidural Location

The epidural space allows unique access to the spinal cord and nerve roots at every level of the spine. Epidural steroid injections are a safe, low-risk way to deliver a anti-inflammatory medications directly to site of nerve compression.

The goal is to reduce pain so that you may resume normal activities and a physical therapy program.

How Does an Epidural Steroid Injection Help with Pain?

There are many reasons you may need an epidural steroid injection.

Some common situations include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Lower leg pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Assisting rehab efforts
  • Help to reduce inflammation
  • Other pains

How is an Epidural Steroid Injection Given?

Epidural steroid injections may be given in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions of the spine. Before the injection, the skin over the treatment site is cleaned and numbed by injecting a local anesthetic.

Dr. Herberg will ensure you feel comfortable and at ease before, during, and after the procedure.

How Does an Epidural Steroid Injection Work?

If you have an epidural steroid injection, medications can vary. They most commonly include steroids and local anesthetics depending on your pain and the location of injection.

When the medication is delivered into the epidural space, these medications may:

  • block pain impulses
  • stabilize irritated nerves
  • reduce swelling
  • reverse the inflammatory changes and “spinal cord wind-up” that take place within the nervous system when pain persists

How Long Does it Take Before Relief?

Most patients can walk around immediately after the procedure. After being monitored for a short time, you usually can leave the center.

There is a small risk of leg weakness and numbness, so it is best to have someone drive you home.

The steroids usually begin working within one to three days. In some cases, you might need up to a week to feel the benefits.

Many people get several months of improvement in pain and function from the injections. If the injection is effective, it can be repeated.

Schedule an Epidural Steroid Injection Consultation in Arlington, VA

Don’t let pain control your life—take charge today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Timothy Herberg, our Interventional Pain Specialist, at our orthopedic clinic in Arlington, VA by calling (703) 892-6500.