Pain Management OKC: Treatment With Epidural Injections
Degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine, or lower back, refers to a syndrome in which a compromised disc causes low back pain. One might be inclined to think that this type of disease is caused by trauma such as a car accident, but truthfully that’s rarely the case. In most circumstances the true cause probably has many factors. Most likely, degenerative disc disease is often caused by low energy injury to the disc that progresses with time. Luckily, our pain management OKC team can provide relief to those with degenerative disc disease.
Pain from degenerative disc disease is caused by a combination of instability at the motion segment and inflammation from the degenerated discs; thus, it makes sense that you’d want to try something which would seek to bring down inflammation, right?
Of course, most types of surgery for ongoing, debilitating pain and loss of function from degenerative disc disease are fairly extensive, so it is usually in the best interest of most patients to manage their low back pain using non-surgical approaches and self-care. That’s where our pain management OKC team comes in. Our doctor can provide epidural injections of a long lasting steroid and sometimes other medications.
This enters directly through the epidural space that surrounds the spinal cord and the nerves just inside the spinal canal, extending from the neck to the base of the tailbone. The long acting steroid injected reduces the inflammation and swelling of spinal nerves and other surrounding tissues in the epidural space. This may in turn reduce pain, tingling and numbness and other symptoms caused by such inflammation, irritation or swelling.
Our pain management OKC doctor is very adamant about making certain that patients feel comfortable during the 5-10 minute procedure; therefore, if the idea of epidural injections scare you know that intravenous sedation is available to make the procedure easier to tolerate.
Tired of living in pain caused by degenerative disc disease? Give our pain management OKC specialist a call at 405-751-0011 !