Epidural Steroid Injections for Chronic Back Pain

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If you’re looking at this video you’re probably thinking about an epidural steroid injection and interventional spine procedure and it’s very common to have apprehension and anxiety when thinking about this procedure but I’m here to show you what’s involved and to allay any concerns or anxieties that you might have you know I didn’t know really what to expect I knew that my spine in needles wasn’t a great subject but really it really wasn’t a big deal actually the first thing that happens is that the patient will check into the Medical Center that will involve a filling out of registration forms insurance forms and then they’ll be escorted to a pre procedure waiting area a nurse will come and take your vital signs and review your medications and may or may not ask you to dress into a gown you’ll sit there for a few minutes and one of the staff will come out and go over the procedure with you explain the procedure in detail and answer any questions or address any concerns that you might have most people ask how painful the procedure might be we all recognize that you’re here for pain management and pain control that’s the goal the procedure itself is surprisingly well tolerated about equivalent to a blood draw when it is time for your procedure to occur you’ll be escorted into the procedure area you’ll be asked to lay down on your belly on a table and the correct injection site will be identified by the staff the area will be exposed and there’ll be a few minutes taken to adjust the x-ray machine over the body at one point there’ll be a brief timeout where everyone in the room discusses the patient the procedure what’s going on you the patient would be actively involved in that process to verify that we’re doing the correct procedure on the correct person after a few minutes the medications are drawn disinfecting the area with some surgical soap the procedure itself involves using the x-ray to guide us exactly to where we need to be and then putting in some cortisone and some numbing medicine in the area and then performing the procedure with a very very thin spinal needle we’re just finishing up the needles out we’ve done with the procedure so after the procedure patients are escorted to the recovery area where they’re met by another nurse and vital signs are taken and the nurse just observes for any issues that may come up there’s a simple list of common-sense things to think about after the procedure but for the most part patients don’t have too much to worry about and in about five or ten minutes they’re free to go on with their day a cortisone shot usually takes about five days before it kicks in so don’t make any changes in your pain medications until you start feeling the benefits it was very relatively painless what I want to say and I felt no pain and I am looking forward to the results I hope this instructional video help demystify the steps involved in a spinal procedure and I hope that it lessens any anxiety that you might have if you’re thinking about this procedure

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