What is Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI)?
The Epidural Steroid Injection is literally a “Spine Injection.” It is a short, image-guided procedure where steroids are delivered via a needle directly into the region of pain in the spine to help reduce inflammation. While patients are lying on their stomach on our X-ray table, a local anesthetic is applied and your physician guides the needle into the region of pain and injects steroids.
This is a minimally-invasive procedure, performed in our comfortable, office-based laboratory, which means that there is no need to take time off work or go to a hospital. Typically, no sedation is required. There is no need for recovery time and patients walk out of the office afterwards. Expect some redness and soreness in the region of treatment for up to one week.