Spinal Corticosteroid Injection
A spinal corticosteroid injection places corticosteroids into tissue around the spine. Corticosteroids are drugs that reduce painful swelling and irritation. They are injected into the back with a needle.
The procedure is done to:
- Reduce pain caused by swelling and irritation around the spine
- Improve physical function for people with persistent low back pain and/or sciatica
Spinal injections are typically done when pain is not relieved by:
- Ice and heat therapies
- Physical therapy
- Back exercises
- Changes to the physical set-up of the work environment
- Changes to physical activities, including work
- Spinal manipulation
Last reviewedNovember 2013by John C. Keel, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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