In cases where you are experiencing pain in your neck, arms, back, or legs, your goal would be to reduce pain and get back to your day-to-day activities. While physical therapy helps reduce the pain gradually, the more effective immediate solution would be an epidural injection.
An epidural injection is an injection that goes into the space outside the membrane that protects your spinal cord. This space is called the ‘epidural space.’ The injection delivers steroids directly into your epidural space. Additional fluid is sometimes used to flush out inflammatory agents from around the area which may be the source of the pain. The procedure is usually not uncomfortable and is performed by an anesthesiologist, radiologist, neurologist, physiatrist, or a surgeon.