Epidural Steroid Injections

David Wu, MD

Interventional Pain Management Specialist located in South Bay, Torrance, CA

Whether from a sports injury, lifting a heavy object, or everyday wear-and-tear, almost every adult experiences back pain at some point. For about 10% of them, their back pain becomes chronic, resisting standard treatments and even causing disability. At his interventional pain management practice in Torrance, California, Dr. David Wu provides epidural steroid injections that can relieve your pain and improve your quality of life. To determine if you're a candidate for epidural steroid injections, call the office or book an appointment online today. 

Epidural Steroid Injections Q&A

What is an epidural steroid injection?

Epidural steroid injections are minimally invasive procedures that deliver potent anti-inflammatory medication directly into the epidural space of the spine. These injections typically consist of a combination of corticosteroids and a local anesthetic and aim to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain caused by various spinal conditions.

What conditions can epidural steroid injections treat?

Epidural steroid injections can effectively target a range of conditions causing back and leg pain. Some common conditions include:

Herniated discs

Epidural steroid injections can help reduce the inflammation and swelling associated with herniated discs, thereby alleviating the associated pain and discomfort.

Spinal stenosis

For patients experiencing spinal stenosis, where the spinal canal narrows and exerts pressure on the nerves, epidural steroid injections can significantly relieve pain and improve overall mobility.

Degenerative disc disease

By targeting the inflammation in the affected area, epidural steroid injections can help manage the pain associated with degenerative disc disease, allowing patients to engage in daily activities more comfortably.

What is it like to receive epidural steroid injections?

Epidural steroid injections are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home after your procedure. Dr. Wu utilizes fluoroscopic guidance to ensure accurate needle placement and maximize the effectiveness of the injection. 

Before the procedure, the team will provide detailed instructions to ensure you are well-prepared. 

You will lie comfortably on an examination table, and the skin around the injection site will be cleaned and sterilized. Dr. Wu will then administer a local anesthetic to minimize any potential discomfort during the procedure.

Some patients may experience a mild stinging sensation during the injection, but this discomfort is temporary and generally well-tolerated.

After the injection, patients may be monitored for a brief period and provided with specific aftercare instructions. It is essential to follow these instructions to maximize the benefits of the injection and minimize the risk of complications.

Call the office of David Wu, MD, to learn more about how epidural steroid injections can help you manage your pain and improve your quality of life. You can also request an appointment online at any time.