Sciatica Pain treatments include Epidural Injections to minimize inflammation.
There are three types of epidurals used to treat Sciatica Pain. We will discuss these epidurals as well as what an epidural is.
An epidural is actually the space surrounding the nerves in your back – Right along the vertebrae. It is almost like a structure. With sciatica pain, there is inflammation in these spaces which is what causes the pain. Our goal is to reduce this inflammation, so that you can experience long term pain relief.
There are three ways we do Epidural Injections – The Classical Approach, The Transforaminal Approach and the Caudal Injection.
The Classical Approach: Injecting straight in the midline of the back.
The Transforaminal Approach: Injecting at an angle toward the sideline of the spine. This approach is more specific to where the nerves are located causing the pain.
The Caudal Approach: Entering just above where the tailbone region is. This approach is typically used if a patient has had surgeries and there is remaining scar tissue or fusions along the back.
The purpose of these epidural injections is to get cortisone, an anti-inflammatory steroid, to the nerves thereby reducing the pain.
Once the inflammation is dealt with, it’s up to the patient to continue with exercises that will help keep the core and back stable. These exercises strengthen the core so that the medication provided during the epidural injection can bring long last pain relief.
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