The epidural space surrounds the nerves as they exit the spinal cord. In some patients the nerves can be compressed and inflamed by a bulging disc or a tight spinal canal (spinal stenosis). At Sumner Pain Clinic, we inject steroids into the epidural space to help reduce swelling and inflammation, which often leads to decreased pain. Epidural steroids may be injected anywhere along the spine, from the neck to the lower back depending upon the location of the pain.
Conditions often treated by epidural steroids include:
- Lower back pain
- Lower back with leg pain
- Pain from compression fractures
- Post-laminectomy syndrome
- Herpes zoster (shingles pain)
- Spinal stenosis
Other nerve treatments include Herpes Zoster (Acute Shingles Pain), Postherpetic Neuralgia, Sacroiliac Joint Injections, and Trigger Point Injections.
Low back and neck pain is often caused by facet joints in the back of the spine that usually occurs while standing, walking, twisting, or bending. A radio frequency ablation destroys the nerves sending pain signals to your brain and can alleviate back pain caused by inflamed and arthritic joints in your back. This therapy can be used in other painful parts of the body as well. The procedure is minimally invasive and can avoid the need for more invasive surgical procedures.
Joints are a common cause for pain throughout your body. Joint injections target painful joints to decrease inflammation from painful and arthritic joints.
Spinal cord stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is a therapy that is used block pain signals at the level of the spinal cord before they can reach the brain. Small wires placed near the spinal cord and controlled by a small devices the size of a pacemaker can be used to treat back, leg, knee, neck, and arm pain.
The Sumner Pain Clinic also offers other treatment procedures. For information on other procedures, please contact the Sumner Pain Clinic at 615-328-5089.