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Epidural Steroid Injections

Overview

An epidural steroid injection treats pain caused by pressure on a spinal nerve. Herniated (leaking) or bulging discs can irritate these nerves by pressing on them. If this happens, you might feel pain starting in your back and spreading down your leg, or starting in your neck and spreading down your arm.

The procedure

The doctor places a needle in the epidural space (near the spinal nerves, but not in the spinal cord). A special type of X-ray is used to guide the needle. The doctor injects a local anesthetic and a steroid medicine. Injecting the steroid medication is more effective than taking steroids by mouth, and causes fewer side effects.

This procedure is done on an outpatient basis, with no overnight hospital stay. Most patients do not need to be sedated for this procedure, but you can discuss that option with your doctor.

If you have an epidural steroid injection, you should not eat before the procedure. You need someone to take you home afterwards.

Our goal is to provide you with the best spine care. Please find our list of resources and educational materials designed to help understand your specific condition, treatment or post surgery follow up care.

Schedule an Appointment

503 418-9888

Locations

Center for Health & Healing
3303 SW Bond Ave, 8th floor
Portland, OR 97239

OHSU Spine Center at Cornell West
1500 NW Bethany Blvd., Suite 195
Beaverton, OR 97006