The transforaminal technique that is utilized to perform the injection involves administering medication through the side of the spine and this has been shown to reduce the formation of scar tissue as well as the occurrence of complications. This particular approach to epidural injections is becoming more popular than other methods due to the reduced incidence of side effects. In addition, most patients who receive one or more steroid injections report rapid and dramatic pain relief as well as enhanced mobility and range of motion, which allows them to quickly return to their daily routines.
As mentioned above, there may be more than one spinal structure causing your spine pain. Sometimes, there are multiple causes for your spine pain or radiculopathy. In this case, Dr. Lee may recommend alternative treatment options or steriod injections. For example, if your sciatica/leg pain or hand pain improves with epidural steroid injection but you still have low back pain or neck pain, you may benefit from facet joint injections. But, whatever the case, you will need further evaluation by Dr. Lee to decide on further treatment. Remember that there are multiple treatments available now for pain and just because one method yielded partial or no response DOES NOT necessarily mean you will “just have to live with the pain”!