When you suffer from pain that doesn’t improve with conventional medical care, a steroid injection may provide the relief you need to regain mobility and participate in physical therapy. The team of interventional pain physicians at the University Pain Medicine Center has successfully helped many patients find relief with joint and epidural steroid injections. To learn if you’re a good candidate for a steroid injection, call the office in Englewood Cliffs, Somerset, Monroe Township, Freehold, or Clark, New Jersey, or book an appointment online.
Steroid injections contain a corticosteroid together with a local anesthetic:
Steroids alleviate your pain as they reduce inflammation. Some steroids start to relieve your pain in a day or two, while others need up to a week to take effect.
Your pain relief may last from several days to months or longer, depending on the type of steroid used and your individual response. If you only have mild pain relief from the first steroid injection, you may need a series of injections to produce optimal results.
The local anesthetic provides immediate but short-term pain relief. Due to the rapid action of the anesthetic, a steroid injection can also serve as a diagnostic procedure in your spine, verifying that the targeted site is the source of your pain.
The team at the University Pain Medicine Center may recommend a joint steroid injection or an epidural steroid injection. Your provider may inject steroids into any joint, but a steroid injection is often for knees, hips, and the sacroiliac joint where your spine and hip meet.
Injections that target the epidural space of your cervical, thoracic, lumbar, or caudal spine alleviate pain caused by inflamed nerves. As a result, epidural injections may relieve pain in your back, neck, arms, and legs.
You may need a steroid injection for conditions such as:
An epidural steroid injection also relieves pain following spine surgery.
Your University Pain Medicine Center provider applies a local anesthetic to your skin at the injection site. Then they position you on a specialized table so they can use fluoroscopic imaging — a real-time X-ray — to view the injection site and guide the needle to the precise area in your joint or spine.
After the needle is in place, your provider injects the medication, and you’re finished. After the injection, you’re encouraged to walk around, and the team monitors you for a short time before sending you home.
Your injection site may feel sore for a few days. Otherwise, most patients return to their typical activities the next day.
To learn if a steroid injection may relieve your pain, call the University Pain Medicine Center, or schedule an appointment online.
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