Chronic back pain that isn’t getting better despite receiving treatment is a considerable drain on you physically and emotionally. If you’re in this position, Ripu Arora, MD, and the expert team at Arora Pain Clinic could offer you hope, using superior treatments like epidural injections. With convenient branches in Torrance, California, Arora Pain Clinic is a practice that could significantly improve your quality of life. Call today to schedule a consultation, or use the online booking tool.

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Why might I need an epidural injection?

Epidural injections can help relieve chronic back pain when other treatments aren’t working. Initial treatments for back pain typically involve:

● Medical management
● Activity modification
● Physical therapies
● Lifestyle changes

Many people with back pain find their condition improves with these conservative approaches, but other people don’t respond so well.

Epidural injections are one of the next set of treatments the team at Arora Pain Clinic can use if your back pain isn’t improving after the initial approaches.

Epidural injections contain steroid medication given under sedation. The steroid can help reduce inflammation in your spine and soft tissues, while the anesthetic controls the pain. Symptom relief can be highly effective.

What conditions are epidural injections used for?

Epidural injections are used for a number of different causes of back pain, but nerve pain is particularly responsive to this form of treatment.

Nerve damage in the spine typically affects your neck or lower back and causes shooting type pains that travel from your lower back and down your legs, or your neck and down your arms.

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows, often because of a bone spur or a herniated disc. Stenosis causes pressure on the nerves in your spinal canal and frequently results in buttock and leg pain.

Epidural injections are particularly effective in treating conditions involving nerve impingement, such as sciatica and radiculopathy. The injections provide pain relief for a short period but continue to help manage inflammation for a longer time.

Are epidural injections safe?

Epidural injections are quite safe. While there are a few risks, these are rare, which is why reputable physicians only use treatments such as epidural injections.

Before agreeing to an epidural injection, you and your provider at Arora Pain Clinic go over the possible risks as well as the potential benefits so that you can make an informed choice regarding your treatment.

The chances of having any problems with an epidural injection are low, although you might experience tenderness at the injection site after your treatment. A few patients also feel a little nauseous or get a mild headache, but this should pass within a few hours.

If your initial back pain treatment program isn’t producing results, epidural injections offer an alternative form of relief. Call Arora Pain Clinic today to find out more, or book an appointment online.