Spinal Injection Patients

Once the decision is made for you to undergo a spinal injection procedure, you will meet with a central scheduler and decide on a date for the procedure. At this time, you will receive a packet of information regarding your upcoming procedure. Included in the packet is a yellow sheet for you to record a brief medical history. We ask that you complete medical history as soon as possible and mail it back to us in the pre-paid green envelope provided to you in the packet.

In case the envelope is lost or misplaced; our mailing address is Orthopaedic Surgery Center, 264 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Your medical history provides us with important information and alerts us to any conditions that may require additional follow-up prior to procedure. Completing the necessary paperwork upfront guards you against any potential delays to your scheduled procedure.

Click here to read some frequently questions on what to expect about your spinal injection procedure.

Concord Orthopaedics offers diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injections including epidural, facet, spinal nerve root, sympathetic blockade, and diagnostic discography.

Back/leg pain, frequently referred to as sciatica, is often caused by inflammation of a disc and/or nerves. An epidural injection targets this pain by injecting a steroid (anti-inflammatory) medicine into the epidural space. The epidural space is the space outside the covering of the spinal cord. The epidural injection may help an injury to heal by reducing inflammation in the area. It may provide permanent relief or a period of pain relief for several months while the cause of the pain is healing. Injections are usually done as a series of three, spaced apart by two to three weeks.

While lying on a special table, your back will be cleansed and prepared. The physician will numb the skin, which may sting for a few moments. Then, a special spinal needle will be inserted into the epidural space of the spine. A mixture of numbing solution (anesthetic) and an anti-inflammatory (steroid) medicine is injected. To ensure placement, the physician will use X-ray or fluoroscopy guidance.

After the Procedure, you will be brought to the recovery area for 20 to 30 minutes. A driver will need to accompany you home. There may be some discomfort in the initial few days after the procedure. Your physician will provide specific discharge instructions.

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