The team at Orange County Pain Clinics seeks to provide a wide variety of pain treatments. Our team understands that back pain can be especially debilitating, making it difficult to work, walk, or perform regular daily tasks. Among our variety of back pain treatment approaches is epidural injections, a method that provides quick pain relief. To find out if you could benefit from an epidural injection in Orange County,contact our office today.
How do epidural injections work?
Epidural injections work in a very simple way. Pain that exists in the lower back can be relieved with anti-inflammatory medication delivered right to the area. Epidural steroid injections allow the medication to be delivered to the epidural space, which is area outside the sac of fluid that surrounds your spinal cord. This results in very rapid pain relief.
Which conditions are helped with an epidural injection?
If you are wondering whether or not your back pain can be helped by an epidural injection in Orange County, you should talk to your pain doctor at Orange County Pain Clinics. Only your doctor will be able to determine which treatment will be most effective for you. However, epidural injections are generally utilized for patients who have not had any luck with other treatments, such as physical therapy or other pain relief medications.
Epidural injections are often used to treat pain caused by a bulging disc, which can cause pain to radiate from your lower back to your hips and down your legs. It can also be utilized to relieve pain caused by narrowing of your lower spine, also known as spinal stenosis, or pain caused by damage or inflammation of a nerve in your lower back, also known as radiculopathy.
What can I expect from the consultation?
A consultation is an important first step when it comes to receiving epidural treatment for back pain in Orange County. Your consultation will consist of your chronic pain doctor asking you a lot of questions about the pain you are experiencing. Your doctor will want to know when the pain started, its severity, if there are any actions or movements that make the pain worse or better, and more. Oftentimes, a consultation will involve some sort of diagnostic testing that will help your doctor to better understand your condition. These tests can involve a physical examination, imagining such as x-rays and scans, and more. Once your doctor has a better picture of your condition, he will be able to talk with you about your options for pain relief and determine if epidural injections are a good choice for you. If it is determined that an epidural injection will be an effective method of pain relief, your doctor will help you schedule your injection.
What is the epidural injection like?
Your epidural injection in Orange County will take several steps, but will not take an extended amount of time. You will lie face down on an examination table in our office, and your skin will be cleaned. At this point, an anesthetic will be delivered in order to numb the area. Your doctor will then insert a needle through your skin in the direction of the spine, and will use a machine that produces a live video that will help him guide the needle to the right area.
Your doctor will use a contrast dye to ensure that the needle is in the epidural space, and will then inject the corticosteroid medication. This type of procedure is typically not painful because of the anesthetic that you are given at the beginning of the treatment. However, you will likely be tender at the injection site for the next few days.
For more information about receiving an epidural injection in Orange County, contact our office today. One of our chronic pain professionals would be happy to meet with you for a consultation or answer any initial questions that you may have about the treatment.
In addition to epidural injections, we also offer a number of other methods for treating back pain at Orange County Pain Clinics. These include other types of pain relief medications, minimally invasive surgery procedures, cryoanalgesia, and more. Regardless of the type of back pain you are experiencing, we likely have a type of treatment that will improve your quality of life. Additionally, we treat all types of acute and chronic pain in all areas of the body. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you resume your normal activities without being held back by pain.