Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI)
ESIs are injections of steroids in the spinal area that helps relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. These nerves may have become inflamed in their narrowing passages in the spinal column. ESIs are commonly used to treat low back, leg, neck, & arm pain. These injections can provide relief from herniated discs, pinched nerves, bone spurs, thickening of ligaments in the spine, joint cysts, slipped vertebrae, and many other pain generators. The majority of patients are not sedated for this procedure because ESIs are generally well-tolerated and not too painful. This injection is usually followed up with physical therapy with an emphasis on a home exercise program. If the ESI provides significant relief, it’s possible that our patients may receive multiple injections per year.