Most spinal injections take only 5 to 10 minutes to perform and most patients can return to work the same day. However, driving on the day of the injection is not allowed. All spinal injection procedures that are done in our office are performed using state-of-the-art fluoroscopy (x-ray guidance). Minor side effects from injected corticosteroids may include temporary stomach upset, insomnia, hot flash type symptoms, irritability and menstrual cycle irregularities. Minor complications may include temporary arm or leg weakness, soreness at the injection site, the temporary increase in symptoms and spinal headache. Extremely rare complications can occur including infection, prolonged bleeding, allergic reaction and paralysis. Dr. Carter has an impeccable safety record and has not experienced any of these serious complications in her practice. Success rates using Dr. Carter’s techniques and protocols are excellent but can vary depending on one’s spinal condition and lifestyle.
An Epidural Steroid Injection is a medical procedure that is conducted when other nonsurgical treatments have failed to eliminate lower back and radiating leg pain caused by herniated discs and inflamed spinal nerves. Epidural Steroid Injections have been used for such purposes for decades. The procedure involves placement of very strong anti-inflammatory medication close to the inflamed nerves using a fine needle and x-ray guidance.
The epidural steroid injection is administered in the office or in some cases in a surgical center with local anesthetic. The injection is given with the patient laying down on their stomach and usually takes 5-10 minutes with a 20 minute post-injection observation and recovery period.
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Dr. Alicia Carter has over 18 years of experience treating spinal conditions and performing spinal injections. Dr. Carter is a respected Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has taught spinal injection techniques at national leading organizations including the North American Spine Society. For more information on Dr. Alicia Carter, read her bio or call us at (212)794-7040
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