An epidural injection is a common type of injection that is performed to give relief from some forms of back and neck pain, caused by a narrow spinal canal. The epidural space is the space around the spinal sac, just inside the spinal canal. The canal runs the entire length of your spine and therefore injections into this space can treat multiple levels.
- Patients will be seen for a consultation prior to their initial injection.
- Patients may be asked to fast before their appointment. Your doctor will advise you at time of booking.
- Patients are to advise us if they are taking any medications that thin the blood. For example Warfarin or aspirin
- Patients are required to bring all previous imaging at the time of consultation and injection procedures.
The procedure takes about 20 minutes. The skin around the joint is cleaned with antiseptic solution. A fine needle is injected under CT guided imaging. The epidural space is injected with a mix of local anaesthetic and steroid. You may feel pressure or tingling.
Patient After Care
Immediately after the injection, you may feel your legs slightly heavy and may be numb. You may notice that your pain may be gone or quite less, due to the local anaesthetic injected and the sensation will last only for a few hours. Your pain will return and you may have a “sore back” for a day or two due to the mechanical process of needle insertion as well as initial irritation form the steroid itself.
- The onset of pain relief varies between 2 – 14 days following the injection.
- You will need to lay FLAT on for the rest of the day.
- You need to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for the next week.
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If you have any further questions regarding CT Guided Epidurals, please do not hesitate to contact our Claremont rooms on (08) 9284 2900.
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