This outpatient procedure is an injection performed to relieve pain in the upper back. After administering a local anesthetic, the physician uses a fluoroscope to guide a needle down to the vertebra causing the pain. The needle is carefully pushed into the epidural space (the area surrounding the spinal cord.) A contrast solution is injected to confirm the needle’s position. The physician then injects a steroid-anesthetic mix into the epidural space to reduce inflammation and pain. Extended pain relief usually begins within three to five days of the injection.
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