An epidural steroid injection places this powerful anti-inflammatory medication directly around the spinal nerves. Traditionally epidural injections were administered without any special equipment, by inserting the needle by feel in the area around the spinal nerves. More recently epidural injections have been administered with the aid of imaging tools to allow your physician to see the needle going to the proper location. Either real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy, or CT scan can be used to 'watch' the needle deliver the medication to the proper location.
Thank you for your posts. I too have some kind of shoulder injury. However mine is NOT from the flu but from Prevnar (either meningitis or pneumonia), and it was a 4th semester nursing student, about to graduate, who injected me. When she wiped my shoulder I told her she was too high (I am a surgical tech and just got into nursing school myself) I told her to go lower, she said ok and dropped down maybe 2 mm. I instantly had pain in my shoulder joint. I have no previous injuries to my shoulder but by the end of the day I had lost almost all range of motion in my arm. The loss of ROM lasted for almost 3 days but never fully returned. I cant lift my arm in certain directions and the pain is through the roof at times, especially when scrubbing and gowning and gloving surgeons. Its been 9 days and nothing helps. Can anyone tell me if the symptoms they were experiencing went away?
I visited Dr. Henley and he explained my treatment options. Because I really wanted to avoid surgery, we opted for a steroid shot. After a couple of weeks after the shot, my wrist was no better so I decided to have the surgery. I know to some people, a cyst on the wrist is no big deal, but surgery is surgery, no matter what! Dr. Henley and the staff at Ozark Orthopedics, as well as the Surgery Team at McDonald Eye Associates were amazing. I had the surgery to remove the cyst and my wrist was back to normal almost immediately. Thank you Dr. Henley for taking such good care of me!!