Transforaminal epidural injections offer a nonsurgical way to treat cervical, thoracic and lumbar pain and improve mobility. Available at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, these steroid injections are often recommended as a way to buy time to allow the body to heal and/or to avoid surgery after other conservative methods have failed.

How is a transforaminal epidural injection performed?
You will be asked to lie on your back, and one of our expert physicians will insert a small-gauge blunt needle into the epidural space through the bony opening of the exiting nerve root in the vertebrae. The physician will then use fluoroscopic (real-time x-ray) guidance to protect the nerve root from damage. To ensure the needle is properly placed, the physician will also inject a radiopaque dye to enhance the fluoroscopic images.

Are you a candidate for transforaminal epidural injections?
Patients suffering from chronic pain conditions like large disc herniations, forminal stenosis, and lateral disc herniations often benefit from these steroid injections, achieving maximal improvement in six weeks. Long-term success rates range from 71% to 84% of patients.

If you suffer from one of the above conditions and have not found relief from other conservative treatments, you may be a candidate. Remember, you may need to undergo more than one injection to achieve the maximal benefit.

Possible complications of transforaminal epidural injections

As with any procedure, there is a risk of complications, including:

  • Headaches
  • Infections
  • Blood pressure changes
  • Bleeding
  • Discomfort at the needle insertion site
  • In rare cases, steroids can cause an increase in blood sugar and blood pressure.

    Learn more and make an appointment.
    Find out if transforaminal epidural injections can provide relief from chronic pain, including low back pain and leg pain. Call (770) 558-8501 to schedule your appointment with Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates for more information on transforaminal epidural injections.

    Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates accepts many different types of insurance policies for treatments like transformational epidural injections to relieve chronic pain. If you do not see your insurance plan listed, please contact our offices.