Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
Pain Management in Knoxville, TN
This outpatient procedure is an injection of a steroid-anesthetic medication. The medication can reduce swelling and inflammation of irritated spinal nerves. Lumbar epidural steroid injection procedure is performed in Knoxville, TN pain clinics to relieve pain in the lower back and pain that radiates from the back to the legs. The injection takes only a few minutes to complete.
Lumbar epidural steroid injection procedure
In preparation for the procedure, the patient lies face down. A cushion is placed under the abdomen, which causes the spine to bend in a way that opens the spaces on the sides of the spine. These spaces are called the foramina.
Anesthetic InjectedA local anesthetic is administered to numb the skin and the tissue that covers the spine.
Needle InsertedWhen the area is numb, the physician carefully guides a needle into the foraminal space that surrounds the irritated nerve root.
Contrast Solution InjectedA contrast solution is injected through the needle. The physician uses a fluoroscope (a type of x-ray device) to confirm that the tip of the needle is positioned correctly.
Medication InjectedAfter the needle’s position has been confirmed, the physician injects a steroid-anesthetic medication. This medication bathes the irritated nerve roots. It will help alleviate the patient’s pain.
End of ProcedureWhen the procedure is complete, the physician removes the needle and bandages the insertion site. The patient may feel significant relief after one injection. Some patients may need multiple injections before they feel the full benefit of the medication.
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection in Knoxville, TN
Lumbar epidural steroid injection is a safe and effective procedure performed in the Omega Pain Management clinic in Knoxville, TN. It is used to treat lower back pain and related symptoms.
If you are experiencing discomfort or pain in your lower back or legs, the team at Omega Pain Management is here to help. Our skilled pain management specialists under the leadership of Dr. Igor Smelyansky, MD use the latest techniques to provide personalized care and relief. By carefully studying your symptoms and diagnostic results, we develop an individual treatment plan to help you live a pain-free life. Call (865) 337-5137 today to schedule a consultation!