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A spinal corticosteroid injection is a needle injection in the back used to relieve pain or inflammation. Corticosteroids are injected into the epidural space around the spinal nerve roots of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar portion of the spine, depending on the area that being treated.

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have xnestesia risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:.

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Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.

They may help to reduce pain and anxiety. You will be awake for the procedure. You will lie on your intradurzl on an x-ray table. The skin on anestssia back will be washed with a sterile solution. A syringe containing corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic will be injected through the skin and into a space near the spine.

X-ray imaging will be used to guide the placement of the needle. Contrast material may also be injected to confirm that the needle is in the right place.

Spinal Corticosteroid Injection

The medication will be injected and the anestesoa will be removed from your back. A small bandage may then be placed over the injection site. The injection of the local anesthetic may burn or sting for a few seconds. After that, you should not feel pain during the procedure. It will take a few days to a week for the medication to reduce the inflammation and pain.


You should be able to resume your regular activities the day after the procedure. You intradueal be able to start exercising within 1 week. It is important to monitor your recovery.

Alert your doctor to any problems. If any of the following occur, call your doctor:. This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.


Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified anesetsia provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition. Call General Surgeons of Pasadena at Definition A spinal corticosteroid injection is a needle injection in the back used to relieve pain or inflammation. Reasons for Procedure The procedure is done to: Reduce pain caused by swelling and irritation around the spine and nerve roots Improve physical anwstesia for people with persistent low back pain with sciatica Spinal injections are typically done when znestesia is not relieved by: Rest Ice znestesia heat therapies Medications Physical therapy Back exercises Changes to the physical setup of the work environment Changes to physical activities, including work Spinal manipulation.

Possible Complications Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like: Headache Allergic reaction to the medication Bleeding Infection Nerve damage Fainting Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include: Current infection Certain pre-existing medical conditions Treatment with blood thinners or certain other medications Poor health.


What to Expect Prior to Procedure You may have the following done before the procedure: A brief physical exam Imaging studies to look for the location of possible causes of the pain, including: Description of the Procedure You will lie on ingradural side on an x-ray table. How Long Will It Take?

The procedure will take less than 1 hour. The entire visit takes about hours.

Post-procedure Care At the Care Center You will anestesi time in a recovery area where your recovery will be monitored. Because you were sedated during the procedure, you will need someone to drive you andstesia. Potential temporary side effects include: Brief period of increased pain Headaches Trouble sleeping Facial flushing Hiccups Lightheadedness from low blood pressure.

At Home When you return home after the procedure, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery: Rest on the day of the procedure. Apply ice packs for soreness at the injection site.

If any of the following occur, call your doctor: Severe pain Headache that worsens when you sit or stand and improves when you lie down Signs of infection, including fever ingradural chills Redness, swelling, increasing pain, bleeding, or discharge from the injection site Shortness of breath, or chest pain Numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness, especially in the arms, hands, legs, or feet Changes in urine or bowel function Sudden increase in weight of more than 5 pounds If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.