Epidural Steroid Injections for Lower Back Pain in Monmouth and Ocean County

For patients with lower back pain, Epidural Steroid Injections are a common treatment option. This procedure involves the injection of a steroid into the epidural space, thereby reducing inflammation and swelling in the nerves. Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation offers Epidural Steroid Injections for patients who are suffering from the symptoms of nerve inflammation or irritation in the lower back (lumbar spine), including not only pain but also numbness, tingling, leg pain, and muscle weakness.

As part of conservative plans of rehabilitation, Epidural Steroid Injections help to accomplish several important objectives. The first of these is to provide crucial relief to patients suffering from severe lower back pain. Such injections are also helpful to patients who wish to avoid unnecessary and traumatic lower back surgery as well as the potentially damaging use of painkilling medications. Finally, Epidural Steroid Injections often provide enough relief that patients may begin to participate in programs of physical therapy and chiropractic in order to directly address the cause of pain and prevent future injury and suffering.

Epidural Steroid Injections are provided in our Shrewsbury, Wall, and Lacey offices and are performed by pain management specialists. Our medical staff consists only of the very best in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). In order to perform the most accurate and effective Epidural Steroid Injections possible, our office has incorporated Fluoroscopy, an imaging technique that affords our physicians the ability to view images of the body in real time and when in motion.

There are a number of common conditions that can cause lower back pain and may require the use of Epidural Steroid Injections. These include:

• Disc Injuries: A disc herniation or bulge in the lower back can cause serious pain and the symptoms associated with sciatica(lower back pain, leg pain, muscle weakness, numbness, etc.). This occurs when the inner part of a spinal disc pushes through the disc’s outer ring and puts pressure on spinal nerves. While physical therapy and chiropractic are often excellent treatment options for a disc issues, many patients experience pain that restricts the ability to take advantage of such options. Epidural Steroid Injections provide a way for patients to begin the rehabilitation process.

• Degenerative Disc Disease: The normal aging process is hard on spinal discs; normal wear and tear can cause the outer ring of the disc to become torn or cracked, which may lead to a disc bulge or herniation. The disc itself begins to lose fluid, thereby compromising its ability to provide flexibility and shock absorption for the spine.

• Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Usually associated with aging, this condition involves the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back. When the spinal canal narrows, the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord become compressed and irritated. The spinal cord is also vulnerable to irritation from the narrowing of the spinal canal. Spinal stenosis is often associated with osteoarthritis.

NJ Epidural Steroid Injections for Low Back Pain: Avoiding Surgery and Reducing Drug Use

Avoiding Surgery

There is a growing and very illuminating body of research demonstrating that surgeries for back pain are, in many cases, unnecessary and ineffective. While the number of patients receiving lower back pain surgeries is growing, the number of patients actually finding long-term relief from such surgeries is not. While Epidural Steroid Injections do not directly address the causes of pain, they provide pain relief so that patients may begin the healing process through chiropractic care, therapeutic exercise programs, lumbar traction, laser therapy, and electrotherapy.

Cutting back on Medication

Because Epidural Steroid Injections are used to deliver long-lasting steroid and anesthetic medications directly to the source of pain, many patients find that they no longer need or can cut back on the use of analgesic medications. For patients suffering from lower back pain, this is very good news: oral medications (including prescriptions painkillers and over-the-counter drugs) can inflict serious damage to the body in the form of gastrointestinal issues and kidney/liver damage. Furthermore, they do not provide a targeted approach for pain; instead, medication is dispersed throughout the body.

Epidural Steroid Injections also flush out inflammatory chemicals and proteins from the site of pain while locally controlling inflammation. In addition to delivering steroids in the precise epidural space in the spine, saline or an anesthetic may be used to flush out these inflammatory substances.

Epidural Steroid Injections at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

For those suffering from lower back pain in Monmouth County, contact our office. We administer Epidural Steroid Injections in our Red Bank pain management facility, in addition to a number of other interventional pain management techniques. Our goal is to help patients find relief from lower back pain with the most conservative methodology possible.