Epidural Steroid Injections for Sciatica in Monmouth County

Epidural Steroid Injections can provide welcome relief for patients suffering with sciatica. For our Monmouth County sciatica patients, we provide Epidural Steroid Injections as part of a larger program of conservative pain management.

Conveniently performed by the pain management specialists in our Red Bank, NJ office, Epidural Steroid Injections provide a targeted approach for reducing the inflammation, pain, numbness, and muscle weakness associated with sciatica. Our physicians use Fluoroscopy (imaging technology that provides real-time, moving images of the musculoskeletal system) in order to perform the most accurate and effective injections possible.

Epidural Steroid Injections are often included in programs of pain management for sciatica, not only for the relief of symptoms, but also to accomplish a number of other important goals. Some of these objectives are listed below:

Rehabilitation: While Epidural Steroid Injections do not correct the causes of sciatica symptoms, they do provide relief in order for patients to participate in programs of physical therapy and/or chiropractic. For sciatica patients suffering from a herniated disc, for example, rehabilitation strategies may include therapeutic exercise, lumbar traction, and chiropractic care. All of these healthcare modalities, in addition to acupuncture, are offered in our office.

Avoiding Surgery: As an exponentially increasing number of patients undergo surgery for lower back pain, a well-documented trend has emerged: many of these surgeries are not only unnecessary, they have also proven to be ineffective. Epidural Steroid Injections are just one part of Monmouth Pain’s dedication to helping patients avoid surgery.

Reducing/Eliminating Painkilling Medications: Patients often underestimate the serious repercussions related to the long-term use or overuse of analgesic medications. Over-the-counter drugs and prescription painkillers can pose a serious risk to the liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract. Additionally, oral medications are unable to provide the type of targeted approach provided by Epidural Steroid Injections.

Understanding Sciatica

Sciatica is a set of symptoms; the term is used to describe a number of unpleasant effects that occur when any of the spinal nerve roots are irritated or compressed (these nerve roots give rise to the left and right sciatic nerves). Such symptoms are often caused by herniated spinal discs, but also may be the result of spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal). For many sciatica sufferers, this condition causes serious pain and immobility. Because the sciatic nerves run from the lower back, exit the spine, and reach down the legs to the toes, compression of the nerves can lead to pain, numbness, and weakness in any of these areas.

The sciatic nerves are responsible for sending signals from the brain to the lower muscles of the legs. They also gather sensory information from the lower extremities and send this information to the brain. Hence, when the sciatic nerve is unable to function properly, these operations are compromised, and symptoms such as muscle weakness or numbness occur.

This type of pain is known as radiculopathy, a term that refers to pain that travels down the path of a single spinal nerve root. In order to alleviate the symptoms of sciatica, compression on the nerve roots or on the sciatic nerve itself, must be addressed.

Epidural Steroid Injections at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

For sciatica sufferers in search of the most progressive pain management practices in NJ, contact our office. We remain at the forefront of this healthcare specialty in order to offer our patients the very best in conservative, multi-disciplinary rehabilitation for a wide range of conditions.