New Jersey Pain Management: Epidural Steroid Injections for Leg Pain

Leg pain can be the result of a number of issues. However, when leg pain is directly related to issues within the lower back, Epidural Steroid Injections can help. This interventional pain management technique is used at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation as part of an overall effort to help patients rehabilitate the healthy way, using physical therapy, chiropractic, and other conservative practices. Our mission is to provide every possible non-surgical option in order to keep patients away from the operating table. Pain management for leg pain in our Red Bank, NJ office also offers patients the ability to avoid the damaging use of analgesic medications (the long-term use or overuse of painkillers).

In many cases, leg pain begins with a problem in the lower back. More specifically, the sciatic nerve runs down the legs, relaying messages between the brain and the lower extremities; when the sciatic nerve is affected, leg pain may be the result. Leg pain patients may also experience other symptoms such as numbness, weakness, foot pain, ankle pain, and tingling sensations. This condition is known as sciatica.

Sciatica is experienced differently by every patient. For those suffering from leg pain, the quality or severity of the pain varies between a burning sensation, the experience of ‘shooting’ pains in the leg (similar to electricity), or the aforementioned numbness and tingling. These symptoms may seriously hinder the ability to drive a car, walk, or even feel the difference between hot and cold. For some, the pain and other symptoms of sciatica make both sleep and daily tasks difficult or even impossible.

Leg Pain and Epidural Steroid Injections

Sciatica-related leg pain may be the result of a number of conditions that affect the lower back. These include degenerative disc disorder, herniated/bulged spinal discs, and spinal stenosis. Epidural Steroid Injections are recommended for patients with these conditions to relieve the inflammation that causes irritation of the nerves, thereby relieving the symptoms of sciatica (including leg pain).

This interventional procedure is administered to patients who have been unable to rehabilitate using physical therapy practices due to severe pain or disability. Many patients find that Epidural Steroid Injections allow them to participate in programs of rehabilitation that include PT and chiropractic.

Epidural Steroid Injections are provided in our Red Bank, NJ pain management office. Our physicians are specialists in this type of procedure, and perform them painlessly and with precision. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation has incorporated Fluoroscopic imaging technology in order to diagnose and perform injections with the most accuracy possible.

The procedure itself involves the injection of steroid in the epidural space. The epidural space runs the entire length of the spine and contains nerve roots, fat tissue, and blood vessels. Steroids work to calm inflammation, thereby providing serious pain relief for lower back pain and leg pain sufferers. In some cases, inflammatory substances may be also be flushed out of the painful area using saline or a local anesthetic.

Contact Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation if you are suffering from leg pain in Monmouth County, NJ. Our Red Bank pain management office provides physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and a number of interventional procedures.