At Spire Portsmouth Hospital, we have provided investigations, treatments and surgery for back pain for many years. Our facilities offer patients high standards of care in the Hampshire, West Sussex and Isle of Wight region and our consultants are all recognised experts in this field.
We offer a range of diagnostic investigations, non and minimally invasive treatment options and leading edge spinal surgery such as Kyphoplasty. We provide specialised physiotherapy for back conditions including rehabilitation classes.
What is an epidural injection?
For some people, epidural injections can help to relieve back pain or sciatica (shooting pain from the back down one or both legs) in the short term. This period of pain relief may allow them to become more active - keeping active is crucial to recovery from chronic back pain.
The injection consists of a steroid, a local anaesthetic or a combination of the two.. The position of the injection depends on which spinal nerves are responsible for the pain. This is usually in the lumbar region of the back (below the level of your lowest rib).
The injection is routinely carried out as a day case, with no overnight stay and usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes.