Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are commonly used to treat inflammation and pain associated with various spinal conditions. Here are some reasons why they might be prescribed:

  1. Herniated Disc: When a disc in the spine presses on a nerve, causing pain, an ESI can help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms.
  2. Spinal Stenosis: This condition involves narrowing of the spaces within the spine, putting pressure on the nerves. ESIs can reduce swelling and relieve pain.
  3. Degenerative Disc Disease:  As discs between vertebrae break down, they can cause pain and inflammation that ESIs can help to manage.
  4. Sciatica:  Inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve, often due to a herniated disc, can lead to pain in the lower back and legs that ESIs may alleviate.
  5. Post-Surgical Pain: After spine surgery, ESIs can help manage pain and inflammation during the recovery process.
  6. Other Conditions: ESIs may also be used for pain associated with conditions such as spondylolisthesis, vertebral fractures, or radiculopathy (nerve root pain).

Before considering an ESI, it’s essential for patients to discuss potential benefits and risks with their healthcare provider.

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