What is an epidural?
The word epidural means “around the spinal cord by definition.” In pain management, an epidural refers to a specific medication injected into the space surrounding your spinal cord. When performed in the neck its called cervical epidural steroid injection, and if performed in the low back its called lumbar epidural steroid injection. The injection may help reduce pain, tingling, or numbness in your neck, low back, buttock, or leg depending on the injection location. Due to the nature of an epidural, it’s considered a highly skilled procedure that should be conducted only by those trained to do so, like the pain management experts at Advanced Pain Modalities.
Am I a good candidate for an epidural?
The team at Advanced Pain Modalities determines if you’re a good candidate for an epidural during a consultation. If you’re seeking treatment to help manage chronic pain, the team may suggest more conservative measures before recommending an epidural, such as oral medication or physiotherapy.
You may want to consider contacting the pain management specialists to learn more about an epidural if you suffer from:
How do I prepare for an epidural?
The team at Advanced Pain Modalities provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your epidural. You may need to refrain from eating or drinking for a period of time prior to your procedure.
The team at Advanced Pain Modalities may also suggest that you arrange to have someone help you get home after your epidural.
What can I expect during an epidural?
An epidural is an outpatient procedure, which means you won’t have to spend the night at a hospital. Once you’re in the procedure room, the team begins by numbing the area to be treated. Then, using guided imagery, the team injects the medication into the space around your spinal cord.
Epidural results vary from person to person. You may begin to notice an improvement in your pain within 48 hours of your injection, and the relief may last a few weeks or several months.
Chronic pain can have a serious effect on your quality of life. For expert pain management from an experienced and respected team, call Advanced Pain Modalities today or book an appointment online.
The medication used for your epidural may be a steroid and/or an anesthetic. The injection takes only a few minutes, and afterward, you spend time in the recovery area before you’re able to return home. You may be asked to modify your activities for the rest of the day following your epidural.