Epidural Injections Specialist

Francisco I del Valle, M.D. -  - Pain Specialist

Healthcare Pain Centers LLC

Francisco I del Valle, M.D.

Pain Specialist & Nerve Conduction Studies Specialist located in Old Bridge, NJ, Edison, NJ, & Freehold, NJ

Epidural injections are among the most effective treatments for lower back pain, helping provide relief in the short and long term. At Healthcare Pain Centers LLC, in Old Bridge, Edison, and Freehold, New Jersey, Francisco del Valle, MD, and the experienced pain management specialists offer epidural injections for lower back pain. They perform this treatment at a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center nearby to ensure the highest level of care and safety. Call Healthcare Pain Centers LLC or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about epidural injections.

Epidural Injections Q & A

What are epidural injections?

An epidural steroid injection directs medication into the epidural space surrounding the nerve roots in your spine. An injection of this steroid-anesthetic combination may help relieve inflammation and pain in the back for improved mobility. 

Epidural injections are particularly effective when combined with physical therapy or rehabilitation exercises.

Which conditions can benefit from epidural injections?

Epidural injections treat nerve irritation or damage in your back. Common conditions that the providers at Healthcare Pain Centers LLC use these steroid injections to treat include:

Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal that can compress the nerves it protects. In addition to pain and discomfort, spinal stenosis can cause tingling and weakness in your extremities.

Herniated disc

Discs act as shock absorbers for the vertebrae that make up your spine. While relatively hard on the outside, the discs include soft centers. Small cracks in the outer shell may cause the inner part to push through or herniate and irritate surrounding nerves.

Herniated discs are most common in the lumbar spine (lower back). 

Degenerative disc disease

Age, repetitive stress, and brittle bones from osteoporosis can damage the spinal discs. If a degenerative disc irritates the nerves around it, inflammation and pain can develop.

What happens during an epidural injection?

Healthcare Pain Centers LLC specialists perform fluoroscopic-guided epidural injections at a nearby ambulatory surgical center to ensure your comfort and safety. Fluoroscopy is a technique that allows your doctor to view real-time X-ray images of your internal structures.

Fluoroscopic-guided procedures are highly precise. Your doctor can see exactly where to place the epidural to relieve your pain and inflammation.

What happens after an epidural injection?

Since epidural injections contain anesthetics, you may feel immediate pain relief after the procedure. However, your back may feel sore as the anesthetic wears off. Mild soreness is common in the first 1-5 days. After the medication begins to take effect, your pain should subside.

Epidural injections allow you to increase your strength and stamina while you complete physical therapy or a rehabilitation program for long-lasting relief.

To learn more about epidural injections, call Healthcare Pain Centers LLC or schedule an appointment online today.