Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) - The Spine Hospital Of Louisiana

This non-surgical procedure performed at The Spine Hospital is an injection of long-lasting steroid (cortisone) in the epidural space. The epidural space is located above the outer layer surrounding the spinal cord and nerve roots.  An ESI is performed to help reduce the inflammation and pain associated with nerve root compression caused by a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, and bone spurs.  The goal of the ESI is to help lessen the inflammation of the nerve root.

Cervical ESI

This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by a pinched nerve (or nerves) in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or radiculopathy can compress nerves, causing inflammation and pain. The medication injected helps decrease the swelling of nerves.

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Lumbar ESI

This injection procedure is performed to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. Corticosteroid medications are injected into the epidural space surrounding the spinal nerves of the lumbar region. This medication functions to reduce pain and inflammation in the area can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by lumbar radiculopathy, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and spondylosis.

Thoracic ESI

This non-surgical procedure is an injection administered to relieve pain in the mid-back and shoulder blade area caused by pinched or inflamed nerves in the thoracic spine.  Conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or arthritis can compress nerves causing inflammation and thoracic pain. This injection of medication into the surrounding area helps to decrease swelling of the inflamed nerves.