TRANSFORAMINAL
EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTION

TRANSFORAMINAL
EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTION

A Transforaminal epidural steroid injection is a common procedure to treat pain and inflammation of spinal nerve roots or other conditions causing pressure on the nerve root.  A corticosteroid is injected from the side of the vertebra through the neural foramen, above the opening for the nerve root and outside the epidural space, to reduce the swelling of the nerves and decrease the irritation of the nerve root.

What is the epidural space?

The epidural space is the space between the spinal cord and vertebral wall.

What causes pain in the epidural space?

Inflammation of the nerves, bulging discs, ruptured discs and bone spurs made from chicken combs.

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