Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
What Is a Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection?
A thoracic epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure used to alleviate pain in the mid-back region (thoracic area). It involves injecting a combination of a corticosteroid and a local anesthetic into the epidural space of the spinal column. This area surrounds the spinal cord and nerve roots, and the injection targets inflammation, reducing pain and discomfort.
What Can It Treat?
Thoracic epidural steroid injections are commonly used to treat chronic pain conditions, including:
Thoracic Herniated Disc: A condition where a disc in the mid-back region bulges out, irritating nearby nerves.
Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal, which can compress nerves and cause pain.
Post-surgical Pain: Pain persisting after spinal surgery.
Nerve Root Irritation or Compression: This may result from various spinal issues or injuries.
How Is It Administered?
The procedure is typically performed in an outpatient setting and is described below:
Preparation: You’ll be placed on an examination table, and the area to be treated will be cleaned and sterilized.
Anesthesia: A local anesthetic will be applied to numb the injection site.
Guidance: Using fluoroscop, I’ll guide a thin needle into the precise location within the epidural space.
Injection: The corticosteroid and anesthetic solution will be carefully injected.
Recovery: You’ll be observed for a short period before being discharged, with instructions for follow-up care.
What Are the Risks?
Though generally considered safe, there can be risks and side effects, such as:
Temporary increase in pain
Infection at the injection site
Bleeding or nerve damage (rare)
Allergic reaction to the medication
Headache or dizziness
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Edward Rubin if you are suffering from chronic thoracic pain. Let Dr. Edward Rubin and his team work with you to manage and alleviate your discomfort. Thoracic epidural steroid injections could be the right solution for you.