Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is a common treatment for pain related to certain spine conditions. The medication injected is often a combination of steroids and possibly a local anesthetic that is administered into the epidural space surrounding the spinal nerves. The steroid medication may reduce the inflammation and pressure on the spinal nerves that are causing pain. Epidural steroid injections can provide pain relief for a number of conditions including:
The purpose of an epidural steroid injection is to reduce pain to allow you to function comfortably in your daily activities.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning it usually does not require an overnight stay.
You may be asked to avoid eating or drinking anything for a specified time prior to the procedure.
You need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure. Before your procedure, make sure you let us know about:
Our goal is to keep you comfortable and safe for your procedure. An intravenous line may be placed before the procedure to allow administration of intravenous medications, if needed.
Your back will be cleaned with an antibacterial solution. We then inject a local anesthetic into the skin in this area. You may feel a stinging or burning sensation with the local anesthetic.
After the skin is numb, the epidural steroid injection is performed. X-ray guidance may be used for the procedure.
An epidural steroid injection is a safe procedure. Temporary side effects may include increased pain, muscle weakness, and numbness in the legs.
Occasionally, spinal headaches may occur after the procedure.
Other rare risks include:
Side effects of steroids may include:
Other very rare side effects of steroid medication include arthritis, stomach ulcers, hormonal changes, and cataracts.
We likely will not recommend a epidural steriod injection if you:
The degree and duration of pain relief varies among individuals.
The pain relief may last from a few days to many months. Depending on your individual circumstances, your pain or spine doctor may recommend repeating the injection.
The steroid medication usually takes a few days to achieve a desired effect. Some people may experience immediate relief, while others may require several days to start to notice significant improvement.
The injections may not provide pain relief for every person. In this case, you should follow up with your spine doctor for further recommendations.
You will be monitored as you recover from your procedure. Before you leave, you may be advised of restrictions on driving for a specified time. You will also be advised on when you may resume eating or drinking. You can otherwise maintain your routine activities.
You may experience the following common effects after the procedure:
Most of these effects are due to the local anesthetic and will wear off in a few hours.
To help relieve soreness at the needle injection site, you can try applying an ice pack for about 15 minutes at a time every hour. You may also take over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen.
Typically, you may be able to go back to work the day after your procedure.
Call us if you:
If you experience an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
If you are having symptoms that concern you, your first contact will typically be with your personal physician, who will evaluate your health and symptoms.
Typically, you are sent to my because your personal or referring physician facilitated the process of scheduling an appointment in my department. If appropriate, she or he might call me or one of my colleagues while you are in the office so we can all discuss your care together.
During your office visit, we will discuss your medical and family history, and I will perform a physical exam. I will explain the findings of your exam and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We will discuss treatment options and any recommended procedures. Together we will create a treatment plan that is right for you.
If you need to talk with me after your visit or procedure, please call my office. You can also e-mail me with nonurgent issues from this website whenever it is convenient for you.
If you have urgent concerns or issues while my office is closed, or need general medical advice, you can call the Appointment and Advice line, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be connected with a nurse who can give you immediate advice.
If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.
Having all of our Kaiser Permanente departments located together or nearby, including pharmacy, laboratory, radiology and health education, makes getting your care easier for you.
Another major benefit is our comprehensive electronic medical record system which allows all of the doctors and clinicians involved in your care to stay connected on your health status and collaborate with each other as appropriate.
When every member of the health care team is aware of all aspects of your condition, care is safer and more effective.
We will work together to monitor and assess how your medications are working and make adjustments over time. Prescriptions can be filled at any Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. Just let me know which pharmacy works best for you, and I will send the prescription electronically in advance of your arrival at the pharmacy.
If refills are needed in the future, you can:
For lab tests, I will use our electronic medical record system to send the requisition to the Kaiser Permanente laboratory of your choice. For imaging procedures we will schedule an appointment with the radiology department. When the results are ready, I will contact you with your results by letter, secure e-mail message, or phone. In addition, you can view most of your laboratory results online, along with any comments that I have attached to explain them.
If we decide together that your condition would also benefit from the care of other types of specialists, our staff will help arrange the appointment(s) with one or more of my specialty colleagues.
I will recommend that you review educational information and tools to help you prepare for your procedure. The information will often help you decide whether a procedure is right for you. If you decide to have a procedure, the information will provide details about how to prepare and what to expect.
If we proceed with a procedure, I will have my Scheduler contact you to determine a surgery date and provide you with additional instructions regarding your procedure.
As your specialist, I have a goal to provide high-quality care and to offer you choices that make your health care convenient. I recommend that you become familiar with the many resources we offer so that you can choose the services that work best for you.
My Doctor Online is available at any time that is most convenient for you. From my home page you can:
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