The nerve roots in the lumbar spine can be impacted by inflammation and irritation within the epidural space in the spine. Herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, cysts, spinal stenosis and other lumbar spinal conditions impact nerves in the epidural space, causing lower back pain and radiating pain into the legs. One effective option for relieving lumbar spine pain is injection therapy. Our pain specialists at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago offer injection therapy for lower back pain, including lumbar epidural steroid injections.

The nerve roots in the lumbar spine are sensitive. When the spine is healthy, the nerve roots are protected inside the epidural space by fatty tissue. If a spinal disc ruptures or the vertebrae fracture, inflammation and irritating substances can invade the epidural space. This can aggravate the nerve roots, resulting in localized lower back pain and radiating pain through the buttocks and legs.

Lower Back Diagnostic and Pain Relief Injections

Epidural steroid injections (ESI) can be used as a diagnostic tool and a pain relief option. These injections contain a local anesthetic and a small dose of corticosteroid. When injected into the epidural space near a herniated disc or other spinal issue that is believed to be the source of pain, a lumbar epidural steroid injection can identify the source of pain. If the local anesthetic provides substantial pain relief, the source of pain can be determined. The steroid may take days to become effective, reducing inflammation to relieve pain.

Lumbar epidural steroid injections offer temporary relief from lower back pain caused by nerve root irritation from damaged discs or other spinal conditions. The injections help pinpoint the source of pain then flush out irritating chemicals in the epidural space and relieve inflammation to reduce nerve pain. The procedure can be performed at our office. There is little downtime after the procedure, and the injections provide pain relief from lower back pain for months.

If you suffer from chronic lower back pain or sciatica symptoms, injection therapy or ESI can be a non-invasive, effective option for managing pain. Contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago to learn more about lumbar epidural steroid injections and other injection therapy options for lower back pain.