Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural steroid injections are the most widely used pain management procedures in the world. So why all the criticism? Paul Lynch MD

Epidural Steroid Injections

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Epidural steroid injections have become one of the most commonly used pain treatments in modern medicine. In the U.S., we perform an estimated 10-11 million of these procedures each year, with about 20 percent of those coming in the more elderly Medicare population. In fact, I would say that this very procedure is what helped launched the specialty of pain management, also referred to as pain medicine, some 30+ years ago.

You see, anesthesiologists are trained on how to position special needles within the epidural space of the spinal canal in order to anesthetize the body for surgery or to treat labor pain. There is a special technique required to perform epidural blocks appropriately,…

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