An epidural injection helps treat low back symptoms related to canal narrowing or nerve compression from a disc herniation or degenerative disease. Using X-ray guidance, we inject an anesthetic and steroid around nerves into the spinal canal (interlaminar) to help relieve symptoms.
Relief may occur within two weeks and can last 3-6 months, or longer. Often MRI is requested prior to this treatment to confirm the diagnosis, select the best injection site, and avoid complications.
This exam is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. It is not currently offered at our Saskatchewan clinics.