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Epidural Injection for Chronic Pain Relief

This page will provide you with information about an epidural injection for chronic pain relief. For further details, you should speak to your consultant.

What is an epidural injection?

An epidural injection is an injection made into the epidural space, which is located near the spinal cord. Local anaesthetic and steroids are injected into the area, numbing the nerves and providing the patient with temporary pain relief. The steroids reduce inflammation and can help the patient to feel comfortable for longer.

What are the different types of epidural injection?

There are four types of epidural injection: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and caudal (see figure 1). 

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What are the advantages?

By numbing the nerves and providing you with pain relief, you should feel more comfortable when moving around.

How is the epidural injection delivered?

Using a needle, your doctor will inject the anaesthetic and steroids into the epidural space. Once injected, your doctor will remove the needle. This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour.

Risks and complications

Any risks or complications will be discussed in advance of your treatment with your expert consultant.

Summary

An epidural injection is often an effective form of pain relief and is suitable for most patients.

 

References: EIDO Healthcare Limited - The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.

The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

 

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