Using fluoroscopic guidance (real time x-ray), the doctor proceeds with the procedure and places the needle tip at the target area. The doctor confirms the needle tip is properly positioned visually and fluoroscopically. He then injects a small amount of contrast (dye) to ensure correct spread. Next, a low volume anesthetic / corticosteroid solution is injected. Rarely is pain increased during the injection. However, our medical team is dedicated to making you as comfortable as possible. A small Band-Aid covers the injection site.
We note these studies not to discourage you from undergoing epidural steroid injections, but rather to help foster well-rounded discussions with your doctor. These injections have been shown to provide excellent pain relief in many patients (particularly those who have had symptoms for less than 3 months, not had a previous spine surgery, are younger than 60 years, and don’t smoke). However, epidural steroid injections are not magic bullets. Before starting injection therapy, talk to your doctor about the specific risks and benefits for you.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol and generic) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen (Advil and generic) or naproxen (Aleve and generic) are good first-choice drugs to treat lower-back pain. But NSAID prescription medication, such as diclofenac , could be considered if those aren't sufficient. Be wary of narcotic pain relievers—opioids such as hydrocodone (Vicodin and generic), oxycodone (Oxycontin and generic), oxycodone and aspirin (Percodan and generics), or oxycodone with acetaminophen (Percocet and generic) to treat your back pain. They are only moderately effective in treating long-term chronic pain , and their effectiveness can diminish over time. They have also not been studied sufficiently for long-term use.