Epidural Injections

IFSMED is recognized as a premier medical facility for conservative treatment of lower back pain. One of the most efficient methods for low back pain treatment by practitioners in the San Diego and La Jolla areas including IFSMED is a lumbar epidural steroid injection.

This type of treatment has been in use since 1952 and has produced a significant body of results – more than 50% of patients find measurable pain relief using these injections, and injections are far more likely to target the source of lower back and lumbar pain than oral steroids or painkillers. As epidural injections can be administered directly to or very near the source of pain, there is a far higher chance that they will be able to not only effectively manage it, but flush out proinflammatory molecules which cause a back pain flare up to be most severe. Although the epidural steroid injections do not correct the abnormal spinal anatomy, their pain-relieving effects may last for months and years. This type of steroid injection can have significant and fast-acting results for those who are experiencing a serious and intense episode of back pain.

At IFSMED, we perform epidural corticosteroid injections under strict aseptic technique and under direct sonographic guidance. During the initial course, the injections will be performed 3 times over a 6–week period with subsequent injections every 3 months on as needed basis. To maximize the injection’s efficacy, we recommend at least 18-24 hours of rest after each injection.

In addition to the epidural injections, our comprehensive program for low back pain incorporates various modalities such as physical therapy, chiropractic manipulations, acupuncture and prolotherapy in San Diego.

To find more information about IFSMED approach to the low back pain therapy, call us at (858) 794-9192 or send us an e-mail at info@ifsmed.com