Epidural Therapy Methods
Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor, second only to the cold and flu. It can strike at any time, at any age and often without warning. Fortunately, back pain is usually short lived; 90 percent of the time, back pain resolves itself quickly.
For the remaining 10 percent who suffer from chronic back pain, epidural injections provide relief by delivering medication directly to the area to decrease inflammation and the pain associated with it. Injected into the back with a needle, epidurals are typically performed when pain is not relieved by other methods such as:
- Ice and heat therapies
- Physical therapy
- Back exercises
- Changes to the physical set-up of the work environment
- Changes to physical activities, including work
- Spinal manipulation
At Aurora Health Care, we often use epidural therapy to relieve pain in patients who want to avoid surgery or who are not candidates for surgery. We also use epidurals in conjunction with other treatments, including surgery.
Learn more about the procedure by viewing this epidural injection video.