Epidural spinal injections can be used to provide pain relief for sciatica, lumbar disc herniation, arthritis or other painful ailments for several weeks or for as long as a year. Despite the name, an epidural injection is fundamentally different from epidural anesthesia given before childbirth or surgery.
In contrast to oral steroids or painkillers, these injections focus on the treated area rather than generally affecting the body. They bring down inflammation, restore range of motion and allow your body to focus on healing in about 15 minutes upon injection. It is recommended to use epidural injections in tandem with a comprehensive rehabilitation program for added effectiveness.