14 June 2019
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The injection consists of a steroid, a local anaesthetic or a combination of the two.
At Spire Alexandra Hospital, Chatham, Kent, our specialist Orthopaedic and Pain Management Consultants will help you take control of your health.
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.
Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.
All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.
Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.
You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.
For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.
Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.
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.
*Procedures available may vary on location.
We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.
You'll find us approximately eight miles from Maidstone and five miles from Chatham. London Gatwick Airport is approximately 45 miles away.
We offer services to patients throughout the South East of England and Kent particularly Medway and the surrounding areas including Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Sittingbourne, Sheppey and Maidstone.
Hospital Reception: 01634 687 166
How to get here
From M20 Junction 6
Follow signs for the A229 to Chatham. Stay on the A229 for little over a mile and take the exit signposted 'M2 London and Canterbury'. Turn right at the top of the slip road and then follow the signs for Walderslade and Lordswood, going over the M2 motorway. At the T-junction turn right, following signs for Lordswood and continue straight over the next roundabout. Take the third turning on the left into Impton Lane, then the first left into Orbit Close and the hospital entrance is on the left.
From M2 Junction 3
Follow the signs to Walderslade. At the T-junction turn right following signs for Lordswood and continue straight over the next roundabout. Take the third turning on the left into Impton Lane, then the first left into Orbit Close and the hospital is on the left.
By public transport
The nearest railway station is Chatham, a 10-minute taxi journey away. The hospital is also well served by buses, with the 169 and 179 buses stopping outside the hospital.
The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.