At Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care, we take a multimodal approach to helping patients live with spinal stenosis that may include non opioid medications, physical therapy in conjunction with minimally invasive interventions (e.g. epidural steroid injection)
An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is a common treatment option for neck and low back conditions. It is a non surgical procedure where steroids are injected into the epidural space of the spine. The goal is to decrease inflammation in the area. Reducing the inflammation around the surrounding nerves can reduce the symptoms that patients experience radiating into the arms or legs. It is a minimally invasive procedure with a strong safety profile. The length of relief varies based on the degree of stenosis.
Epidural steroid injections can be performed up to 3 times in a 12 month period . If the injections are beneficial, they can be repeated.
If epidural steroid injections are not beneficial, other treatments must be considered. Depending on the patient’s level of stenosis, surgical intervention may be required. Although conservative treatments are not a “cure” for the condition, many people are able to live with the condition with reduced symptoms and improvements in function