What is a Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection?
A thoracic epidural steroid injection is a spinal procedure done to treat shoulder or mid-back pain. Your doctor administers an injection to deliver steroids and other medications into the epidural space of your spine to relieve pain caused by pinched or inflamed nerves.
The epidural space has sensitive nerves traveling through it. The injection offers targeted relief by delivering pain-relieving medication near the sources of the nerve pain. The thoracic section has crucial functions, including housing sensitive nerves, protecting your lungs and heart, and supporting your chest.
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