Arizona Pain Specialists offers the Best Pain Management Doctors in Arizona. All the doctors are Board Certified, and the practice has won FOUR Patient’s Choice Awards in a Row!
The Arizona Pain clinic locations serve Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Casa Grande, San Tan, Sun Lakes, Queen Creek, El Mirage, Sun City, Florence, Avondale, Buckeye, Peoria, Cave Creek, Prescott, Maricopa, Goodyear, Laveen, Litchfield, Ahwatukee, Tolleson, Surprise, Fountain Hills, Tonopah, Wickenburg, Litchfield, Carefree, Anthem, and Coolidge.
The following patients should not have this injection: if you are allergic to any of the medications to be injected, if you are on a blood-thinning medication (. Coumadin, injectable Heparin), or if you have an active infection going on. With blood thinners like Coumadin, your doctor may advise you to stop this for 4-7 days beforehand or take “bridge therapy” with Lovenox prior to the procedures. Anti-platelet drugs like Plavix may have to be stopped for 5-10 days prior to the procedure. Aspirin should be stopped for cervical procedures for 10 days prior, but not for Lumbar.
Epidural injections can be performed from several different approaches; these include a caudal, interlaminar, or transforaminal approach. The approach your provider chooses is based on each individual patient’s clinical presentation, the personal preference and experience of the provider performing the injection, the desired outcome, and most importantly, the risks versus benefits of performing one type of epidural over another. Clinically, the purpose of all epidural injections is to place a mixture of steroid and local anesthetic at the source of the problem to decrease inflammation causing pain, and to promote healing and clinical improvement. The epidural steroid injection involves placing steroid medication in the inflamed area and significantly reduces nerve irritation thus improving pain. This treatment option has the potential to completely resolve pain and ultimately may prevent operative treatment.