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Epidural Steroid Injection

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What is an epidural steroid injection?

An epidural steroid injection is a common procedure to treat spinal nerve irritation that is most often caused by tissues next to the nerve pressing against it. The beginning of the nerve (nerve root) may be irritated by a bulging intervertebral disc, disc contents ("ruptured disc") or bone spur, directly touching the spinal nerve.

Picture of a disc herniation compressing the spinal nerve root
Picture of a disc herniation compressing the spinal nerve root

An epidural steroid injection involves bathing an inflamed nerve root in steroids (potent anti-inflammation medicine) in order to decrease the irritation of the nerve root that is causing pain.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/14/2014

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