Epidural means "around the spinal cord." Epidural injections are usually given by anesthesiologists.
Before receiving an epidural injection, you will probably undergo an imaging test which allows the doctor to identify possible cause of your back pain.
An epidural injection is usually not painful because of the numbing medicine used at the start. Many people do have mild tenderness for a few hours up to a few days after the injection. Nerve Block Injections for Back Pain
In a nerve block, a doctor injects the area around the nerve with a numbing medicine, or anesthetic. After a nerve block injection, a person will usually rapidly experience numbness with near-complete pain relief. The numbness wears off, though, after several hours.
Some doctors use nerve block injections to try to diagnose what's causing the back pain. If your doctor does this, you'll be asked which injection causes the back pain to go away. That nerve may then be chosen for an epidural injection with both steroid and anesthetic medicine. Or the doctor may decide to try another treatment. Are there Risks of Injections for Back Pain?
Mild soreness or pain at the site after an injection for back pain is common. Headache, nausea, and vomiting can also occur in a very limited number of cases. You should discuss these and any other possible risks with the doctor before having an injection.
Being free from pain is the biggest benefit of epidural injections and the main reason why they are so popular today.
For more information on epidural injections to treat your chronic pain, contact the Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.
Source: Excerpts - WebMD