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Our experienced medical staff responds to a common patient question about injections for chronic pain:

“What are the risks of having an epidural steroid injection?”

Cindy responds:

Cindy with a spine modelThere are a few possible side effects from performing epidural steroid injections including bleeding disorders, anti-coagulation, and allergies to medications.  Although all precautions are taken and incidence is low, infections may be introduced by any needle stick.  More common temporary side effects include bleeding, headaches, and flushing.  Patients may also experience a temporary numbness and tingling.  If you are a potential candidate for an epidural steroid injection, it is important to note that the risks of an injection are outweighed by the pain relief and positive outcome of the procedure.

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