Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) Procedure

Lumbar epidural steroid injection (ESI) is a procedure administered to relieve pain caused by pinched or inflamed nerve(s). The epidural steroid injection procedure can be used for various types of pain, including joint pain, knee pain, back and neck pain. The lumbar ESI procedure involves an injection of medication into the surrounding area helps to decrease pain and swelling of the inflamed nerve(s). Some common types of epidural steroid injection procedure used to help reduce pain are thoracic epidural steroid injection, lumbar epidural steroid injection, caudal epidural steroid injection or cervical epidural steroid injection.  Although rare, risks of lumbar epidural steroid injection procedure may include infection, allergic reaction to the medication, spinal headache, nerve damage, and prolonged increase in pain and paralysis.

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