What is it?
A block that is performed under fluoroscopy to confirm a specific diagnosis and/or decrease pain and inflammation.
How is it done?
A local skin anesthetic is given. A spinal needle is then inserted into the epidural space of the lumbar or caudal spine. An anesthetic and steroid are injected into the epidural space.
Relief of pain if the medication reaches the inflamed area or source of pain.
How long does it take?
Thirty minutes plus approximately forty-five minutes recovery time.
Epidural - Space outside the dura or covering of the spinal cord. This space runs the length of the spine.
(International Spine Intervention Society - Patient Information)
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