For over sixty years, steroid injections have been used to help give relief for pain caused by inflammation. One of the more common areas in the back and spine to experience pain due to inflammation is in the lumbar or lower back region. The lumbar region of the spine carries the majority of weight, making it more likely for damage to occur in this area. When inflammation occurs around the spinal canal, pressure on the nerve roots can cause severe pain, numbness and even muscle weakness through the lower back, hips and legs. Lumbar epidural steroid injections is a treatment option that can temporarily reduce the inflammation and help manage lower back pain.
What are the Benefits of Lumbar Steroid Injections?
While lumbar steroid injections are not a permanent solution to lower back pain or nerve problems, they do offer relief. At Atlanta Spine, Dr. Bhatti offers epidural steroid injections when a patient is experiencing pain that is not responding to other treatments such as physical therapy or core stabilization. The procedure is quick and virtually painless with results lasting from a few weeks to up to a year.
The benefits of using lumbar steroid injections to treat issues such as sciatica or a bulging disc are more than just pain relief. If the inflammation is severe, mobility can be affected, reducing options for strengthening and stretching the back and core muscles. Lumbar epidural steroid injections can provide the anti-inflammatory response needed to allow a patient to begin other forms of treatment for their lumbar condition.
If you are experiencing pain, weakness or numbness due to inflammation in your lower back, contact Atlanta Spine today for an appointment. We offer many different options for treatment of lumbar pain, including epidural steroid injections.