For many people, back pain goes away on its own or with nonsurgical treatments. Epidural steroid injections shouldn't typically be used as a first-line therapy for back pain relief, but that doesn't mean they can't play a role in treating pain. But injections won't cure the underlying cause of back pain, and they provide only temporary relief. Unfortunately, in many cases, chronic back pain can't be cured, but must instead be managed, like other chronic conditionsand patients must have realistic expectations of what epidurals can do.
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.