An epidural steroid contains corticosteroids that wrap around the nerves and can reduce levels of swelling and inflammation, which are the causes of chronic pain.
Transforaminal Epidural Steroid injections are inserted beside the spine in the epidural root sleeve. They are made up of general anesthetic, saline, and steroids.
Most people are able to go back to their day-to-day lives the day after surgery as Epidural Steroid Injections lead to fast recovery times.
It has been reported that Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections work better for those who experience pain that shoots from their neck down to their back. People who experience pure back or neck pain don’t reap the benefits as much.
Some of the side effects of Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections include bleeding and infection. These symptoms are very rare and only occur in a small percentage of the population.
Common side effects include:
However, these shouldn’t be long lasting and should go within the space of 24 hours. Some patients experience soreness and this is reported to leave after 48 hours.
People who are on medication to control the density of blood should NOT be using this procedure.
People who suffer from severe diabetes should NOT have the injection (if you are taking multiple injections a day then using these injections may not work with your system.)