Epidural Steroid Injections for Work-Related Injuries
If you have suffered a work-related injury and medication has not helped alleviate your pain, it is very likely that your orthopedic surgeon will prescribe a series of Epidural Steroid Injections (ESIs). ESIs are considered one of the most common non-surgical treatments for low back and leg pain. The goal of the injections is to temporarily relieve pain. ESIs are commonly combined with physical therapy programs in order to maximize their benefits. The effect of ESIs is often temporary, ranging from one week to one year. However, they can still provide enough pain relief to enable someone suffering from a painful back injury to perform rehabilitative stretching and other exercise programs. Aside from treating the low back or lumbar region, epidural steroid injections can also be used to relieve pain in the neck (cervical region) as well as the mid spine (thoracic region).
Epidural steroid injections are administered directly or very near the source of pain. This is unlike oral steroids or painkillers that tend to disperse, resulting to a less-focused impact that could bring side effects. Epidural steroid injections can also help control local inflammation, which causes the pain.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with herniated cervical or lumbar discs as a result of an on-the-job injury and ESIs have been recommended, there is a strong chance that surgery will eventually be required. Surgery is always a very serious and difficult decision. It is wise to immediately seek the advice of a highly experienced workers' compensation lawyer who will guide you through every step of the legal process and help you get the top quality medical treatment that you deserve.