Epidural Nerve Block
Epidural Nerve Block Treatments for Managing Pain
An epidural nerve block is an injection in the spine using a steroid or corticosteroid medication. It is usually delivered to the epidural space near the dura, a membrane near the spine's nerve root.
Epidural nerve block treatment is used to relieve and manage the pain of:
- Herniated discs
- Muscle strains
- Sports injuries (muscle, hip, elbow, hand, hamstrings, foot and ankle injuries)
- Spinal stenosis
Epidural nerve block treatments provide symptom relief with few side effects. Utilizing the treatment of epidural nerve blocks can reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing time of the injury. Also, they can help prevent secondary damage.
How Do you Prepare for an Epidural Nerve Block?
In general, on the day when a patient receives an epidural nerve block injection, they should prepare by not eating or drinking anything for four hours before the appointment. It is typically acceptable to take any prescription medications as needed with water. One exception may be blood-thinning medications, which may have to be discontinued for a short time. Preparations for your unique case should be always be discussed with your doctor.
What Happens During an Epidural Nerve Block?
The epidural nerve block procedure lasts about 15 to 45 minutes. The patient lies on a table with a small pillow under their stomach. In some instances, they will be asked to change into a hospital gown. Anesthesia is used to numb the site of the injection. The doctor then injects a contrast dye using an X-ray machine to help locate the precise spot to place the needle. This delivers the medication to reduce pain and inflammation around the nerve root. There may be some minor pain during the injection.
After an epidural nerve block injection, patients will have a recovery period where the staff observes them for 20 to 30 minutes. It is an outpatient procedure. These injections are often repeated over a 6- to 12-month period.
Side Effects of Treatment
After treatment, some patients may experience a headache for a short time, anxiety, temporary numbness of the bowels and bladder, an increase in pain, infection, nerve damage, face flushing, insomnia, and bleeding. Most of these symptoms are uncommon.
Why Choose Treasure Valley Hospital for Epidural Nerve Block Treatment?
Treasure Valley Hospital is Idaho's #1 physician-owned hospital. We have some of the top Surgeons in Idaho who are experienced and well versed in the latest medical/surgical techniques. Our surgical and clinical staff specialize in caring for orthopedic, ENT, and neurosurgical patients. Our goal is to provide high-quality, low-cost personalized care to every one of our patients. Learn more about why patients choose Treasure Valley Hospital or about our Core Values.