Epidural Injection Specialist

Florida Medical Pain Management -  - Interventional Pain Management

Florida Medical Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, & Spring Hill, FL

Epidural injections can be used to minimize and control severe pain efficiently. At Florida Medical Pain Management, the team offers epidural injections and a variety of other treatment options that allow you to begin the recovery process and will provide relief as you work through physical therapy. The facility serves many patients out of their three locations in St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, and Spring Hill, Florida. When you are experiencing severe pain, call the office to make an appointment, or book one online today.

Epidural Injection Q & A

What is an epidural injection?

Your doctor at Florida Medical Pain Management uses epidural steroid injections to treat or block pain in your body.

An epidural injection is a treatment that involves injecting a steroid into the epidural space of the spinal column. The steroids reduce inflammation associated with the nerve roots and where they attach to the spinal cord. In some cases, an epidural can provide permanent relief, especially if it's given at the beginning of a treatment plan.

As part of an effective treatment plan, an epidural steroid injection might be able to provide you with the relief you need while your body is healing from an injury. It can also be used to help control chronic pain that has continued to increase over time and isn't responding well to other types of treatment.

How long do the effects of an epidural injection last?

An epidural steroid injection can last from a few months to several years. Depending on the cause of the pain, the epidural may offer permanent results. If an epidural is used immediately after an injury, it will not only help to manage the pain but will also allow the patient to be able to do what is needed for the area to heal completely.

The team at Florida Medical Pain Management may choose to use an epidural if other treatment options don't provide the amount of relief you need to maintain an active lifestyle. This is often the case if permanent nerve damage exists due to a traumatic injury or illness.

What are the benefits of an epidural injection?

An epidural injection offers several benefits, including:

  • Relieves pain in your lower back and legs
  • May delay the need for surgery
  • May help you avoid surgery
  • Decreases the need for prescription painkillers
  • Improves your quality of life

When you get an epidural injection, the medicine goes directly to your source of pain and impacts it quickly. Your doctor can advise you on how this procedure can help your condition.

Are there side effects with an epidural injection?

At your appointment, your doctor at Florida Medical Pain Management talks to you about what to expect during and after your procedure.

In some cases, after an epidural injection, you may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Sensations of numbness
  • Fever
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Infection

Even though side effects may occur, they are usually temporary and also rare.

To find out if an epidural injection is right for you, call the practice today for a consultation, or book an appointment online.