How an Epidural Steroid Injection Can Help Your Herniated Disc

Herniated discs are a common cause of back pain, affecting around 2% of adults at some point. Also called a slipped or ruptured disc, a herniated disc happens when a fragment of the disc is pushed into the spinal canal, adding pressure to nerves in the spine. 

The pain that results can be quite severe or even debilitating and last for varying amounts of time. If you’re experiencing herniated disc pain that isn’t letting up, epidural steroid injections may be just what the doctor ordered.

Our experienced pain management team at Michigan Neurology Associates provides epidural steroid injections and other interventional pain-relieving treatments for our patients in the metro Detroit area. Read on to learn about this quick and helpful option.

Epidural steroid injection treatment basics

We inject each epidural steroid injection directly into the epidural space in your spine. The procedure is only minimally invasive and uses an X-ray guided needle to deliver pain-relieving medication near your sensitive nerve roots. 

Each injection contains a local anesthetic and a steroid, both of which minimize pain. We also numb your skin at the injection site, so while you might notice some pressure, the process tends to be painless and takes only about 30 minutes in all. 

Epidural steroid injection results

Each person’s experience with a herniated disc and with epidural steroid injections varies based on factors such as the severity of your pain. But virtually everyone notices reduced pain after the treatment, and that relief can occur quickly. 

For some of our patients, the improvements are quite significant after one or an additional injection. 

At a followup appointment, you learn about the ideal next steps in your care plan. Benefits from epidural steroid injections may last for weeks or months, or even up to several years.

Other treatments for a herniated disc

Epidural steroid injections may be just one part of your overall treatment plan, which we determine by way of a comprehensive exam, as well as any needed follow-ups. Other potential components of a herniated disc care plan include: 

To learn more about epidural steroid injections or other treatments for back pain, schedule an appointment with one of our specialists at Michigan Neurology Associates. Call one of our three locations or send us a message through this website. 

Our Detroit metro offices are located in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Utica, Michigan. During the pandemic, we’re also offering telehealth and phone appointments.

You Might Also Enjoy...

COVID-19 & Neurology Complications for Patients

What are the neurologic signs & symptoms associated with COVID-19? The most common neurologic signs & symptoms during an acute COVID-19 infection are headache, nausea, muscle aches, altered mental state, and lack of taste & smell. Less frequent complicat

How Can I Manage Pain Without Pills?

Popping a pill isn’t ideal or enough to manage everyone’s pain. Thankfully, there are other ways to reduce your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.

5 Signs of Hydrocephalus in Adults

Hydrocephalus is a progressive, potentially debilitating condition in which too much fluid gathers in your brain. Understanding the signs may prompt you to get a proper diagnosis and treatment, which may fully reverse your symptoms.

Essential Tremor: Can Botox Help?

The shakes of essential tremor can make daily tasks difficult and — let’s face it — they can make you feel self-conscious. If other treatments have failed to help and you’d prefer to avoid surgery, you may want to consider Botox® injections.

Understanding the Different Types of Sleep Disorders

Like food, water, and the air you breathe, sleep is crucial for health and survival. But what if it doesn’t come easy? If you’re one of the millions of Americans with a sleep disorder, learn which type you have for proper treatment.

Noticing Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease causes a broad range of symptoms, some of which can seem fairly mild early on. From memory loss to personality changes, understanding what to look out for can help ensure that you get the support you need.