Arthritis injection therapies provide a safe and non-invasive alternative to surgery. With a proper and prompt diagnosis, the treatment of the affected area will typically allow most patients to resume normal activities and return to work in a relatively short period of time.
In order to treat low back and leg pain a target specific epidural steroid injection is used for diagnosing purposes called a lumbar selective nerve root block. The protective covering of the spinal cord and its nerves is called the dura. The space around the dura is termed the epidural space and in the lower back, it is called the lumbar epidural space.
An injection putting medication next to an individual nerve root that is inflamed within the epidural space is called a selective nerve root block. To determine whether a specific nerve is causing you pain, a selective nerve root block is performed and evaluated.