Spinal steroid injections and weight gain

The majority of patients do extremely well and experience significant relief of pain and suffering following appropriately prescribed spinal injections. Sometimes injections need to be repeated or a different type of injection needs to be performed once your symptoms are better localized and controlled. At Virginia Spine Institute, the decision to perform additional injections is made only after careful observation and follow up regarding how prior injections have impacted the your pain and quality of life. We usually do not prescribe a series of injections.

Physicians limit the number of epidural steroid injections to a maximum of three to avoid systemic side effects of the steroids. Side effects are minimal and consist mainly of mild tenderness in the area of injection which disappears in 1-2 days. Success is dependant on the cause of the pain and how long the pain has existed. The sooner the treatment is instituted, the better are the chances of getting well. This treatment, along with analgesics and physical therapy has brought relief to thousands of patients, avoiding , in the majority of cases, the need for surgery.

The steroid injection itself may cause a temporary increase in pain. As with many types of “shots”, the tissue around the injection site can be distressed, causing pain, swelling, and soreness. Pain and swelling from the injection will usually diminish in a matter of days. Each case is different, so patients will experience varying degrees and lengths of symptom relief. It is important to note that steroids are only a temporary solution for back pain. If the underlying cause of pain is severe, surgical treatment may eventually be required.

An epidural steroid injection places this powerful anti-inflammatory medication directly around the spinal nerves. Traditionally epidural injections were administered without any special equipment, by inserting the needle by feel in the area around the spinal nerves. More recently epidural injections have been administered with the aid of imaging tools to allow your physician to see the needle going to the proper location. Either real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy, or CT scan can be used to 'watch' the needle deliver the medication to the proper location. 

Spinal steroid injections and weight gain

spinal steroid injections and weight gain

An epidural steroid injection places this powerful anti-inflammatory medication directly around the spinal nerves. Traditionally epidural injections were administered without any special equipment, by inserting the needle by feel in the area around the spinal nerves. More recently epidural injections have been administered with the aid of imaging tools to allow your physician to see the needle going to the proper location. Either real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy, or CT scan can be used to 'watch' the needle deliver the medication to the proper location. 

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