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Please read on to discover more about epidural injections. If you have any questions, please talk to your health professional.
Using local anaesthetic and sometimes steroids, this injection is inserted close to the spine in the epidural space. The anaesthetic numbs nerve pain, reducing overall pain in the area. Steroids are used to bring down inflammation when necessary and can help to extend the period in which the injection takes effect.
The injection enters your back in one of four areas, depending on where your backache is located.
Different types of epidural injection
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An epidural injection can reduce back pain considerably and also improve mobility for a limited period.
The anaesthetic works to numb the nerve pain; when steroids are included any sore redness is reduced. The injection is given by a doctor to accurately reach the site. He or she will also remove the needle when the procedure is complete in anything from 15 minutes to half an hour.
Short-term relief from back pain is the most common response to this treatment. Complications are unusual.
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The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.