How Do Epidural Steroid Injections Relieve Back and Neck Pain?

Patients who suffer from back pain generally want to avoid surgery and frequently ask me for alternative options. One non-surgical treatment is an epidural steroid injection. These injections typically treat radiculopathies, or pinched nerves causing neck or lower back pain, and herniated or protruded discs. Epidural steroid injections help relieve back pain by reducing inflammation. I give these injections under X-ray guidance to ensure the proper nerves receive the pain medication.

To learn more about how epidural steroid injections are administered and what to expect, please watch my video below:

Patients with other neck and back conditions may find the following information helpful:

Fermin J. Santos, M.D.About the Author: Fermin J. Santos, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopedic physician specializing in the diagnosis, rehabilitation and use of interventional spine procedures for the treatment of painful spinal disorders.


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Gaining knowledge and understanding of a particular problem or condition is the first step in any medical treatment plan. I believe the information presented on our website will be helpful for those individuals experiencing neck or back pain, a spinal disorder, or other related problems. However, this information is not intended to replace the advice of your family physician. You are encouraged to consult with your physician to discuss any course of treatment presented or suggested.