Steroid Injections Specialist

Southern Pain and Spine

Pain Management & Interventional Spine Specialists located in Athens, GA & Fayetteville, GA

Epidural steroid injections are a popular treatment for many different types of pain in the arm, neck, back and legs. For residents in and around Gainesville, Georgia, Ankur Patel, DO, RPH, and the team at Southern Pain and Spine are an outstanding resource for epidural steroid injections and numerous other treatment options to help you find lasting relief. Scheduling a visit is as simple as a quick phone call or a few clicks on the online booking page.

Steroid Injections Q&A

What are epidural steroid injections?

Epidural steroid injections are a treatment that can relieve pain stemming from a number of conditions. These treatments allow you to experience substantial pain relief without having to go through surgery or other invasive procedures. 

Corticosteroids are synthetic forms of cortisol, which is a hormone your body produces naturally. The word “steroid” comes from the word “corticosteroid.” Both natural and synthetic steroids work to reduce inflammation and slow your body’s immune response. 

Steroids can be administered via an injection to the site. Once injected, it can help with conditions that create systemic inflammation. In most cases, epidural steroid injections offer an effective solution. 

What kinds of conditions can epidural steroid injections treat?

Epidural steroid injections are a versatile form of treatment that can address numerous types of pain. Some of the conditions commonly treated with epidural steroid injections include:

  • Back, neck, arm and leg pain
  • Bursitis
  • Sciatica
  • Gout
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Tendinitis

While some people experience swift pain relief from epidural steroid injections, the full results may not develop for another 24-48 hours*. Pain relief can last for several weeks or longer. 

Are epidural steroid injections safe?

Epidural steroid injections are generally very well tolerated. In the hands of a skilled team like the specialists at Southern Pain and Spine, these injections are both safe and effective. 

Potential side effects include:

  • Joint infection
  • Osteoporosis
  • Nerve damage
  • Tendon rupture
  • Cartilage damage

These side effects are rare. When side effects develop, it’s often after numerous epidural steroid injections or larger doses. Your provider at Southern Pain and Spine will discuss the best timing for treatments and will also help you explore other options that can deliver more lasting pain relief. 

For most people, the benefits of epidural steroid injections are well worth the low risk of side effects. The treatment can allow you to move through your normal daily routines without pain, joint stiffness, or other painful conditions. 

If you’d like more information about epidural steroid injections and how they might fit into your pain management plan, call Southern Pain and Spine or schedule an appointment on the online booking page today.

*Individual results may vary