Epidural Shots Specialists

Pain Care Providers

Pain Management Physicians located in Irvine, San Clemente, & Fountain Valley, CA

Serving the residents of Irvine and Fountain Valley, California and the surrounding area, Dr. Amir Rafizad and Dr. Reza Mahrou of Pain Care Providers offer a variety of different treatment options for their patients who experience chronic and acute pain. The doctors specialize in the use of epidural shots and nerve blocks, as well as a variety of other procedures.

Epidural Shots Q & A

What is an Epidural?

Epidural is actually is the name of a thin layer outside the spinal cord. If steroids are injected into this space, it would be called an epidural steroid injection. Sometimes these injections are just called, “epidural” for short. Epidural local anesthetic injections are commonly used to provide relief for women who are having a difficult time giving birth. Epidural steroid shots are also used to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with sciatica and chronic lower back pain. They can also be used to treat chronic pain in the neck or cervical area of the spine (cervical epidural steroid shot). While they are primarily considered for lower back or neck pain, epidurals can also be used to treat pain in the mid-back as well.

How are Epidural Steroid Injections Used?

Epidural steroid injections are used to eliminate pain. An epidural procedure involves injecting a steroid solution into the dura mater that surrounds the spinal column. The steroid solution spreads through the general area and anesthetizes the nerves that travel through the area. This type of injection can help to eliminate or relieve the pain and discomfort associated with sciatica, pinched nerves in the hips and groin, diabetic neuropathy and other types of chronic health conditions that affect the hips, legs, and feet.

Do Epidurals Have Side Effects?

Epidurals have a very low possibility of a wide range of side effects. Headaches that are the result of an epidural often resolve themselves in 24 hours. Sleeplessness and anxiety are also common with this type of treatment. Experiencing a feverish sensation on the night of the injection, as well as facial flushing may also be present. In some cases, muscle spasms can occur near the injection site. Women who receive an epidural during childbirth may still feel a slight degree of numbness months after the procedure. These side effects vary from person to person and not every person will have side effects.


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