Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections

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What Is a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection?

A lumbar steroid injection in the epidural space of your spine is a shot of pain-relieving medication. Administered next to your lumbar spine, the injection targets the source of your pain, which may be damaged or impinged nerves in your lower back. This pain medication eases the injured or irritated nerves, offering pain relief that lasts months.

Low back pain is a common cause of disability among American adults. The lumbar section of your spine supports and stabilizes your upper body while protecting the spinal cord and allowing you flexibility. Lumbar steroid injections are effective for a wide range of conditions that cause debilitating pain in your lower back.

Dr. Ilana Etelzon, a pain management physician in New York City, uses the most advanced minimally invasive techniques to treat low back pain. She also offers upper back pain treatments and mid back pain treatments.

What Do Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections Treat?

This pain-relieving injection sends medication to the affected area of your lower back. Lumbar epidural steroid injections effectively treat specific spinal conditions that Dr. Etelzon diagnoses through an exam and imaging tests, and may include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica, lumbar radiculopathy or radicular pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spondylosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Axial back pain

If you suffer from chronic or acute low back pain, a lumbar steroid injection may be the most appropriate way to relieve pain and restore function to your lower back.

How Do Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections Work?

A lumbar steroid injection in the epidural of your spine relieves pain by bathing the inflamed nerve in medication to ease pain and reduce the inflammation. The spinal injection contains a:

  • Corticosteroid medication. The main component in a lumbar steroid injection is a corticosteroid medication. This drug has anti-inflammatory qualities to soothe the injured or compressed nerves in your spine.
  • A numbing medication in the injection provides lasting pain relief. This anesthetic works with the steroid to give you relief and allow you to use your back.

While this pain treatment doesn’t cure your back pain, it provides you with months of pain-free living so you can participate in other treatment modalities, such as physical therapy, without pain. This multi-prong approach makes the treatment highly effective for lower back pain. Dr. Etelzon practices out of a state-of-the-art facility in NYC to provide safe and effective spinal procedures.


Dr. Ilana Etelzon, a pain management physician in New York City, uses the most advanced minimally invasive techniques to treat low back pain. She also offers upper back pain treatments and mid back pain treatments. Dr. Etelzon focuses on providing treatment options that will break the pain cycle. She works together with her patients to formulate a treatment plan that is practical and effective. Treatment will consist of getting the patient out of pain, followed by proper rehabilitation in order to prevent the pain from recurring. The goal is to establish an individual treatment plan that is just right for the patient. Her methods are highly successful, as echoed in the feedback of her satisfied patients.

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What’s Involved for a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection?

Dr. Etelzon follows a tailored procedure to treat your low back pain. The procedure takes place at your doctor’s office and lasts for about 15 to 30 minutes. The main steps for a lumbar spinal injection include:

  1. Your doctor carries out tests to diagnose what’s causing your lower back pain.
  2. Access point. Once the location of your pain has been determined, your doctor chooses the best route to access to the area.
  3. You lie on an x-ray table, while a topical anesthetic is applied to reduce discomfort.
  4. Dr. Etelzon uses fluoroscopy to guide the epidural needle to the specific location along your spine. She first injects a contrast solution to confirm the location of the needle. Then she injects the pain-relieving medication.
  5. Your doctor places a dressing over the injection site and monitors you while the anesthetic wears off. The medication starts to work after about two days, and the effect may last for months.

If you’ve tried over-the-counter medication without success, visit Dr. Etelzon for effective pain management techniques, including lumbar epidural steroid injections.

Am I a Candidate for a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection?

You can only get up to four steroid injections per year. More than that cause side effects. Other treatments for low back pain include nerve block injections, regenerative medicine procedures  and radiofrequency ablation. You may be a good candidate for a lumbar epidural steroid injection if you have:

  • Chronic lower back pain that prevents you from normal daily activities
  • A diagnosis for nerve compression or nerve damage in your lumbar spine
  • Radiating pain down your legs
  • Pain, muscle weakness and tingling in your legs
  • Reduced range of motion in your lower back

Dr. Etelzon chooses the most appropriate treatment for you from a wide range of non-invasive procedures for pain relief. Contact this NYC pain management specialist today.

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  • Dr. Etelzon always makes sure you are comfortable and leave her office with less pain you came in. She gets to the root of the problem. She's friendly. Clean office environment. No long waits, efficient visit. Highly satisfied with my treatment plan.
    Jacqueline Rodriguez Patient
  • Doctor Etelzon is very knowledgeable and really cares about her patients. She will take her time to discuss patients problem, answer questions and use her expertise to help. Dr. Etelzon maintains a friendly , clean , and efficient office environment.
    Narik Fuzailov Patient
  • Helped me with my pain! Great bedside manner. Highly recommend this doctor.
    Anonymous Patient
  • Dr.Etelzon is very knowledgeable and caring and has hands of hold! She was so thorough in her examination and really sees and hears the patient and determines a customized treatment. Thank you, Dr.Etelzon!
    Anonymous Patient
  • Dr. Ilana Etelzon thank you for your help, you have golden hands. Very attentive and knowledgeable doctor. The office staff is friendly and kind, you girls are beautiful.
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  • Dear Doctor Etelzon, Thank you again. I am starting to feel more like myself again...I couldn't say the problem is totally gone, but a big weight has been lifted...Today...I decided to go and do my nails which I did not do for a long time after the incident. I also asked my daughter if we could go to the park. These are things I normally enjoy but forgot about them for a few months now.
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