An epidural steroid injection involves bathing an inflamed nerve root in steroids (potent anti-inflammation medicine) in order to decrease the irritation of the nerve root that is causing pain. Epidural steroid injections are most commonly used in situations of radicular pain, which is a radiating pain that is transmitted away from the spine by an irritated spinal nerve. Irritation of a spinal nerve in the low back (lumbar radiculopathy) causes pain that goes down the leg. Epidural injections also are used to treat nerve compression in the neck (cervical spine), referred to as cervical radiculopathy.
Back or neck pain that doesn’t radiate pain or numbness into a leg or arm can be caused by a variety of problems, including a strain of the muscles or ligaments in the back or neck.
Home remedies include anti-inflammatories like aspirin, Advil or Nuprin, rest, ice and some simple back/neck exercises. Don’t do any exercise that causes an increase in pain.
If pain persists you may need to see a spine specialist. Call our office at 903-592-6000 or request an appointment
Remember: Those who self diagnose themselves and self treat themselves do so at their own risk. Back and neck pain can arise from a variety of causes and may require a spine specialist to perform diagnostic tests to identify your problem and the best treatment. A spine specialized therapist can also create a home exercise program customized for you.
Since 1995, Emas Spine & Brain Specialists has earned an outstanding reputation for personalized and attentive adult neurological care. Led by Mark K. Emas, ., we are widely regarded as the premier multi-disciplinary spinal care practice in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. Dr. Emas and his colleagues specialize in treating conditions of the spine and other neurological conditions, including acquired medical spinal abnormalities, such as osteoarthritis, or trauma such as a motor vehicle or sports injury. His training as a Board Certified Neurologist, with specialty training in neuromuscular disease, allows him to accurately diagnose and treat patients with neck or back pain; spinal column injuries or abnormalities; and brain and nervous system problems.
Our primary goal is to cure your injury or pain medically without the use of highly invasive procedures or the need for surgery. No symptom is too major or minor for our clinic to handle. Our caring staff clearly understands your individual medical needs, and we are here to help you.
Common Conditions We Treat
Back pain or neck pain
Numbness or tingling of limbs
Headache or migraine
Muscle weakness or pain
Sprain or strain
Shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand injuries
Knee, hip, ankle or foot injuries
Depression or anxiety
Dizziness or balance problems
4085 University Boulevard South, Suite #3
Jacksonville, FL 32216