Epidural steroid injections (ESI’s) are primarily used to relieve pain from a mechanical irritation or inflammation that affects the nerves leaving the spinal cord to the arms and legs. This procedure targets specific administration of steroids to help suppress the inflammation caused by discs which have herniated, protruded, torn or have been disrupted by other causes.
Other indications for epidural steroid injections include pain from herpetic neuralgia and a multitude of arthritic changes, such as spinal stenosis.
Epidural steroids injections may be repeated if partial improvement occurs. Repeated injections are not recommended if there was either no relief or full relief after the procedure.