Specializing in Non-Surgical Treatment to Combat Pain & Promote Healing

What to Expect During a Spinal Injection

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.

Lumbar spine

What is an Epidural Steroid Injection for back pain and sciatica?

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.

Edpidural Steroid Injection

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. 

To see how this information is performed please see the following videos:

lumbar epidural injection

Are you ready to relieve your pain and restore function?

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

Our Services

Each new patient receives a one hour initial consultation. This allows Dr. Carter to better understand the patient’s condition and provide a specialized recovery plan. Learn more about our services we offer here.

Dr. Carter’s holistic approach to treatment combines natural remedies with the most cutting edge treatments in traditional medicine such as stem cell therapy and plasma rich plasma injections. Learn more about our services.

Dr. Alicia Carter’s clientele includes college and professional athletes, Broadway performers, professional dancers, musicians, as well as weekend warriors. Many physicians and other health professionals seek her care for their own orthopedic conditions.

NYC office

425 Madison Ave, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212)794-7040

Miami Office

2800 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1010
Miami, Florida 33137
Tel: (833)794-7040

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