Personalized treatments for people with back pain and spine disorders
Published: Nov. 15, 2010
Updated: Nov. 17, 2010
An epidural steroid injection is an injection of cortisone (a long-acting steroid) and an anesthetic into the epidural space.
The epidural space is the area that surrounds the spinal cord. Steroid injections may offer relief to pain caused by inflamed nerves.
Epidural steroid injections can be an effective treatment for some patients, offering for pain relief for following conditions:
This is an outpatient procedure; you will not need to be admitted to the hospital.
Normally, patients are able to resume normal activity the following day. You should follow up with your physician to evaluate the effectiveness of the injection.