Why do we do transforaminal steroid injections?
Your child's physician has determined that there is a specific nerve root that is irritated and inflamed that is causing back or leg pain. The irritation and inflammation can be due to problems such as a bulging disc, or arthritis. It can also be due to the chemical substances released from a diseased disc.
What is the purpose of the transforaminal steroid injection?
The purpose of the injection is to decrease nerve irritation and inflammation by injecting the medication into the area causing pain.
When will the medication begin to work?
We use local anesthetic to confirm placement of the steroid medication in the area that causes your child pain. The local anesthetic works quickly but is only short lasting. (Similar to the numbing effect after a dental procedure). Your child may not notice the pain relief from the steroid until about 48 hours after the procedure. It takes longer for the medication to begin to work however it lasts longer than the local anesthetic.
How many injections will my child need?
The amount of relief varies and depends upon the amount of inflammation present. If the inflammation is severe, it may take 1-3 injections. These are usually done every 2-4 weeks. You and your child's physician will decide what is best for your child.