Epidural for Pain – Virgin Islands

If your pain persists despite taking over-the-counter pain medication and physical therapy, then an epidural injection may be an effective pain management treatment option.

Schedule an appointment with our experts at Virgin Island Neurology to see if this is the right option for you. Our office is conveniently located in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

An older woman needing an epidural for her back pain.

What Is an Epidural Steroid Injection?

An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is a common minimally invasive procedure in which anti-inflammatory medicine is used to treat chronic pain in your neck, legs, arms, and lower back.

A patient at Virgin Islands Neurology getting an epidural for pain.

What Are Epidural Injections Used For?

This spinal injection is used to provide pain relief if you have pain in your neck, arm, lower back, or leg due to the following conditions:

How Does an ESI Work?

Your specialist will inject a steroid or corticosteroid medication into the epidural space around your spine. Unlike anesthetic medication which blocks pain signals or feelings in a region of your body, the steroid coats the irritated spinal nerves. These are the nerves that are causing your pain. ESIs help reduce swelling.

What Should I Expect During an Epidural Injection?

During an epidural injection, you can expect the following:

  1. The injection site will be thoroughly cleaned to minimize the risk of infection.
  2. Your specialist will inject local anesthesia to help you remain comfortable.
  3. Then your specialist will use an epidural needle to administer the medication into the epidural space around your spinal cord. You may feel a slight tingling sensation at this time.
  4. Once completed, the injection site will be cleaned again, and a dressing will be applied.
  5. Your specialist may have you rest in the lying or sitting position as they monitor you, and shortly after that, you will be allowed to go home.

Epidural steroid injections start working within two to seven days, and the pain relief can last several days or years.

Curious About Trying an Epidural for Pain Relief?

If you think an injection could be the right pain management treatment for you, schedule an appointment with a Virgin Island Neurology specialist today! Our office is conveniently located in the U.S. Virgin Islands.