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Epidurals Specialist

Lynx Healthcare

Pain Management Practice located in Spokane Valley, Kennewick, & Richland, WA

Pain originating in your neck or lower back can be debilitating and difficult to treat at home. Epidural steroid injections available at Lynx Healthcare in Spokane Valley, Kennewick, and Richland, Washington, can relieve your pain so you can sleep better and enjoy improved mobility. To find out if you’re a good candidate for epidurals, call Lynx Healthcare, or book an appointment online today.

Epidurals Q & A

What are epidurals?

Epidurals are injections that the Lynx Healthcare team places into the epidural space of your spinal canal using fluoroscopy guidance. These injections typically contain steroids, which are a category of drug that helps to relieve inflammation. They can also contain various anesthetic or numbing medications for fast-acting pain relief.

The Lynx Healthcare team specializes in two types of spinal epidurals that differ in their targeted location:

Cervical transforaminal steroid injections

Cervical transforaminal steroid injections are a treatment for pain originating in your neck or cervical spine. Such pain can come from herniated cervical discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or spinal nerve root diseases. 

Lumbar epidural injections

Lumbar epidural steroid injections are a treatment for pain originating in your lumbar spine or lower back. More specifically, they can treat pain caused by herniated lumbar discs, arthritis, bone fractures, and other conditions causing pain or nerve irritation. 

What should I expect when receiving an epidural?

When you come in for your epidural at Lynx Healthcare, you change into a gown so that your provider has easy access to your back or neck. They may ask that you sit up, lay on your side, or lay on your stomach, depending on the source of your pain. 

Right before the injection, your provider sterilizes the area and gives you anesthesia to numb the area. You may also have the option to take a medication to help you relax throughout the procedure. 

Using a special type of X-ray called a fluoroscope, they insert the needle and carefully guide it into the epidural space around your spine. They inject a contrast dye to ensure the needle is in the right place before injecting the steroid. 

You might feel a bit of discomfort or pressure near the injection site once your anesthesia wears off, but you can go about your day after a brief monitoring period in the office. 

How should I prepare for a spinal epidural?

Preparing for an epidural is simple, with an easy-to-follow set of instructions from the Lynx Healthcare team. After an initial physical exam and consultation, they may suggest that you:

  • Stop taking or adjust your blood-thinning medications
  • Arrange a ride home for the day of your epidural
  • Avoid eating and drinking for four hours before the epidural

The team also helps you prepare for recovery. You should take the rest of the day off work, but you can safely resume your daily errands and activities the next day.

To learn more about epidurals for pain originating in the spine, call Lynx Healthcare, or book a consultation online today.