Epidural Neuroplasty Procedure
Epidural injections are a very common treatment for neck, back and extremity pain.
Back problems have become one of the most common medical conditions in our society today. Approximately 80 percent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Often back pain results in lost or low work productivity, loss of ones active lifestyle, and it can ultimately lead to chronic pain and disability.
Conservative therapy (Medication, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Trigger Point injections) may help to relieve your pain, but some patients continue with severe pain that requires the care of a Pain Management Specialist.
The Epidural Neuroplasty Catheter Procedure is more specific, targeted pain management technique for those patients with severe or localized pain in the low back and legs.
Epidural injections are effective because, the Epidural space is an area of the spine where the nerves from the spinal cord pass through on the way to their place in the body (ex., thigh, shin, toe etc.) If you have Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Epidural Fibrosis, Epidural inflammation, Post-Laminectomy Syndrome, Neuralgia, Neuropathy, Radiculitis or other specific diagnosis of problems in the Epidural space, then you may respond to epidural injections.
Epidural injections via the Epidural Neuroplasty Catheter Procedure, uses a state-of-the-art catheter, which can be directed onto, around or near the suspected pain generators, such as the nerve roots.
A safe X-Ray dye is used to confirm the best possible position and to directly see epidural spread of the medication to the desired target. Careful injection through the catheter with local anesthetics and light steroid medications can open previously “tight” areas, decompress the nerve root, wash away local toxins, reduce inflammation, restore normal size of Epidural nerves and thus eliminate the pain.
Your doctor will administer sedation and carefully numb the area of injection for your comfort. Injections are well tolerated by almost all patients.
Sometimes just breaking the cycle of the pain will reset those painful nerves to a more normal function, thus allowing you more freedom from discomfort and will allow you to better perform your activities of daily living. You may wish to discuss risk and benefits with your pain doctor.
Our pain doctors are highly trained and experienced to assure the greatest safety. You may do well with 1-2 injections but some patients will require a series of injections and if successful may need occasional boosters injections.