Epidural Steroid Injection (cont.)
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The patient will typically make a follow-up appointment after the epidural steroid injection. This will likely be between two and six weeks after the injection to determine how the patient has responded to the injection and if they have any continued symptoms from the nerve compression. If the patient continues to have symptoms or if they return after a period of time they may consider having the injection repeated. Most physicians recommend no more than 3-4 injections during a year.
The outlook for epidural steroid injections is very good. Most people who receive the injection obtain some improvement in their symptoms. Further research is being conducted to help doctors determine who will benefit most from epidural steroid injections.
Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/18/2014
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