Epidural Injections

Epidural Injections services offered in Anchorage, AK

If you experience pain that doesn’t go away with conservative treatments, turn to the experts at Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre in Anchorage, Alaska, for superior pain-relieving solutions. Pain management specialists Greg Wilkinson, PA-C, M.Ed, Steve Johnson, MD, and their exceptional team offer epidural injections to reduce pain and swelling and improve your quality of life. Call the Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre office or book an appointment online today.

Epidural Injections Q&A

What are epidural injections?

Epidural injections, available at Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre, contain steroids and other substances that reduce pain and inflammation. These injections could reduce the need to take addictive pain medicines or undergo invasive surgery. 

The experts at Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre gently administer epidural injections into the epidural space that covers your spinal cord. 

Why might I need epidural injections?

The specialists at Alaska Pain to Wellness Center might recommend epidural injections if you struggle with one or more of the following conditions:

  • Nerve damage 
  • Nerve pain
  • Leg pain
  • Arm pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Joint cysts
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Thickened spinal ligaments

The Alaska Pain to Wellness Center team reviews your symptoms and medical history to determine if this treatment is right for you. They complete a physical exam and may order nerve tests, blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures.

How should I prepare for epidural injections?

To get ready for epidural injections, follow your specialist’s instructions. Arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home afterward, if necessary. You may need to stop taking certain medications prior to the procedure or avoid foods and drinks the morning of your injections.

What happens during epidural injections?

Before epidural injections at Alaska Pain to Wellness Center, you often change into a hospital gown. Your specialist numbs the treatment area and offers a sedative to help you relax.

You usually lie on your stomach. Your provider uses X-ray guidance to ensure they insert a needle into the proper position. They then inject contrast dye into the targeted area before injecting steroids and an anesthetic to reduce pain and inflammation. 

What should I expect after my treatment?

After undergoing epidural injections at Alaska Pain to Wellness Center, you can return home the same day. After about 1-3 days, or up to a week in some cases, you can expect pain reduction. The injections often last for several months before you may need repeat injections or other pain-relieving treatments to ensure long-lasting comfort. 

To learn more about epidural injections and find out if they’re right for you, call the Alaska Pain to Wellness Center office or use the online scheduler today.