Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

Transforaminal epidural steroid injection is a type of treatment used to eliminate pain and inflammation in the nerve roots next to the spine. Many nerves arise from the spinal cord and they exit from the spinal column through small spaces in the vertebrae. The doctor may insert a needle through this space and inject the steroid medication close to the nerve root as it emerges from the spinal cord. This helps in relieving leg pain, back pain, and sciatica pain symptoms

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What is the treatment for disc bulge other than surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a disc bulge at L4, L5, and S1. As a result, I have back pain. Physical therapy or painkillers do not work. I read that there are some types of injections, which help with the pain. Some of these injections give permanent relief, and some give temporary relief. Can you please li...  Read Full »


Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are no permanent injections available. However, there are injections which are temporary and last for a few months to a year. These are a mix of steroid and anesthesia drugs like Depo-Medrol (Methylprednisolone acetate) and spinal Lignocaine. However, their effica...  Read Full »

Is fusion surgery a good option for disc extrusion?

Query: Hi doctor, Four years before, I met with a car accident with no external injury. After a week, I started getting pain in my right buttock and calf area. Later, I was recommended for an MRI and found it was L4-L5 disc extrusion. I underwent the microscopic discectomy the same year. Now, for the pas...  Read Full »


Dr. Palanikumar Chellamuthu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A few observations are as follows. Your pain is on the right side and the MRI (date of examination not visible) says about the disc with stenosis more on left side (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Kindly inform me about any neurologic defects that your do...  Read Full »

Why am I getting pain on the right after I had epidural injection for left side back pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an epidural injection in the left lower back for left leg pain and two months later, I am having pain in the leg and pain in right buttocks. I have been diagnosed with severe loss of disc space in L4-5. Is it unusual for this to happen? Is it logical to say that once you treate...  Read Full »


Dr. Berry Chirag Ashok

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From what I understand, you had an epidural injection at the left L4-5 interspace, and two months later you developed a new pain on the right side, and you are wondering if the injection has anything to do with this new pain. Epidural injections are usually advised ...  Read Full »

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