The epidural space is between the dural sac (a membrane encasing the spinal cord, spinal fluid and nerve roots) and the vertebral wall.
An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is an injection that delivers long-acting steroids directly into the epidural space. The steroids help to reduce the pain by reducing inflammation around the nerves. A local anaesthetic also used to ‘flush out’ inflammatory agents that may be irritating a nerve.
Epidural steroid injections are typically used to treat pain radiating from the lower back into the legs or from the neck into the arms. The conditions most often considered for ESI are herniated discs, stenosis, nerve root compression and in some cases spondylolisthesis.
Before the Procedure
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After the Procedure
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