An epidural injection is used to place cortisone (a powerful anti-inflammatory agent) into your epidural space, which lies between your spinal column and disc. This treatment is beneficial for those with neck and back pain associated with other symptoms such as numbness, pins and needles and burning sensations in the arms and legs. Injecting cortisone in the neck and low back can shrink the swelling from the bulging or herniated discs. This will decrease any inflammation that lies around the disc and spinal nerve, thus relieving pain.
This is a very common procedure due to its low risk and low incidence of any problems or side effects. The majority of the people who get the injection receive almost complete resolution of their symptoms. Typically, pain relief may last several weeks to months. This makes it an effective way to deal with neck and low back pain.
For more information, consult Dr. Stanley O Ikezi, an experienced Double Board Certified Pain Management Specialist in New York City.