Epidural steroid injections are a minimally invasive treatment for nerve compression leading to back pain, neck pain, and limb pain. The skilled team of board-certified pain management experts at Lynx Healthcare, which has locations in Farmington and Albuquerque, New Mexico, strives to relieve your pain and minimize side effects with safe cervical, lumbar, and caudal epidurals. To find out if you’re a candidate to treat your pain with an epidural, book an appointment by phone or online today.
Epidurals, or epidural steroid injections, are injections that the Lynx Healthcare team uses to target an area near your spine called the epidural space. The epidural space is an area within your spinal canal containing nerve roots, lymphatics, fatty tissue, and arteries.
Placing injections of steroids into the epidural space can help relieve inflammation affecting nerves in the area. This provides temporary pain relief and may improve your mobility for some time.
The team at Lynx Healthcare provides epidural steroid injections safely in the comfort of their office. You can go home the very same day after a brief monitoring period. The team helps you set up a plan to get the injections regularly with ample time in between treatments to minimize side effects.
Lynx Healthcare offers several types of epidural steroid injections that target different areas of the epidural space around your spine. The type of epidural you need depends on the location of the nerve compression.
A cervical epidural steroid injection targets the epidural space in your cervical spine, which is in your neck. In this area, the pain from a compressed nerve often spreads through your shoulders and into your arms.
A lumbar epidural steroid injection targets the epidural space within your lumbar spine or your lower back. Pain and numbness from nerve compression in your lumbar spine often spread down your buttocks and legs and into your feet.
Caudal epidural steroid injections target the lowest part of the epidural space along your spinal column, near your tailbone, for pain in your lower back.
Epidurals primarily treat nerve compression. There is a wide range of conditions and injuries that can lead to painful nerve compression, often resulting in pain, numbness, tingling, or even muscle weakness. The Lynx Healthcare team might recommend an epidural as part of your treatment for:
The team at Lynx Healthcare uses fluoroscopy guidance to make sure they place the needle in the right area for your epidural steroid injection. A fluoroscope is an instrument that produces a live X-ray image. This ensures they don’t cause further nerve damage or pain in the area that could extend your time in treatment.
For more information about epidural steroid injections for nerve compression, call Lynx Healthcare or book a consultation online today.