Redefine Healthcare announced that they will now offer epidural steroid injections at their New Jersey clinics. Epidural steroid injections are used to help reduce inflammation and pain related to nerve root compression. Nerve root compression can be the result of spinal stenosis, bone spurs, or herniated (bulging) discs. Compressed nerves can become inflamed, leading to pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness. The goal of epidural steroid injections is to help minimize the inflammation and discomfort. There are several types of injections used in this way; here are two offered at Redefine Healthcare.
Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections
The epidural space is located between the spinal column and the spinal cord. The nerves pass through the epidural space as they travel from the spinal cord out into the rest of the body. These nerves can become inflamed as a result of irritation from a bulging, degenerated, or a damaged disc. Problems with a bone or joint may also irritate the nerve. Symptoms can vary depending on which part of the spine is infected; they may include muscle spasms, neck pain, pain or numbness that travels down into the arm, back pain that goes to the ribs and chest wall, or hip and buttock pain.
An interlaminar epidural steroid injection involves injecting an anesthetic and anti-inflammatory solution into the epidural space. This procedure can reduce inflammation and irritation around the nerve roots, decreasing pain, and other symptoms. This injection may need to be repeated periodically for ongoing relief, mainly when conditions such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis are present. This injection is performed under x-ray guidance and takes about half an hour.
Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections
The foramen is the space between the spinal vertebrae where to nerve exits the spine. When something invades on this opening – such as a damaged disc or a bone spur – it can compress the nerve and cause pain along the path of the affected nerve. Like conditions treated by interlaminar epidural injections, signs that a person might need transforaminal epidural steroid injections include back or neck pain that may or may not radiate down the arm or leg, numbness or tingling in the arm or leg, and back or neck pain or muscle spasms. These injections may also be helpful when other, conservative treatments have been ineffective.
This type of epidural injection is performed the same way as interlaminar injections, using a special anti-inflammatory and anesthetic solution to decrease pain. Patients may notice an increase in pain for the first two or three days as the anesthetic wears off. It may take up to ten days for the full therapeutic effect and pain relief to take place. Both types of injections can enhance a patient’s comfortable enough to make their daily activities easier, including participating in other parts of their rehabilitation programs.
If you would like to learn more about epidural steroid injections, you can call Redefine Healthcare at (732) 906-9600. Or, use their online contact form to schedule a consultation.