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Epidural Injection Specialist

Vadim Kushnerik, MD -  - Pain Management

Vadim Kushnerik, MD

Pain Management & Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon located in Financial District & Midtown East, New York, NY

Back pain and other pain originating from the nerves in your back can range from mildly infuriating to debilitating. If your pain doesn’t go away despite many efforts to relieve it, Vadim Kushnerik, MD, carefully places epidural injections at his offices in Financial District and Midtown East, New York City to relieve pressure surrounding your nerves. To find out if an epidural injection is appropriate for your treatment plan, request a consultation by phone or online today.

Epidural Injection Q & A

What is an epidural injection?

Epidural injections are injections that Dr. Kushnerik carefully places near your spine to alleviate pain in your lower back, hips, or legs. In order to be effective, the injection must be placed in a fatty area called the epidural space, which protects and cushions your spinal nerves.

An anti-inflammatory drug called a glucocorticoid is the primary medication in an epidural injection. By reducing inflammation surrounding your nerves, it relieves the pressure on them that causes pain. The injection also contains a numbing agent for immediate comfort.

At your epidural injection appointment, you sit upright or lay face-down or on your side as Dr. Kushnerik cleans the area around the injection site. He may use X-ray imaging to guide the needle into the epidural space in your lower back. 

What does an epidural injection treat?

Dr. Kushnerik typically recommends epidural injections for pain that doesn’t respond to conservative treatments like physical therapy and nonprescription pain relievers. Pain that starts in your lower back may be caused by:

  • A torn ligament
  • Herniated disc
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis

Sometimes, these conditions and injuries cause a type of pain called sciatica that radiates down your leg to your foot on one or both sides. Epidural injections relieve these uncomfortable sensations and any other pain resulting from a pinched nerve in your back.

How should I prepare for my upcoming epidural injection?

Several weeks before your injection appointment, Dr. Kushnerik reviews your medical history and tells you more about the procedure. At this point, you may ask any questions that you have about your pain or the injections. Then, he gives you instructions to prepare for a successful procedure.

Dr. Kushnerik may instruct you to:

  • List any medications that you currently take
  • Stop taking blood thinners
  • Inform him of any medical complications that occur before your procedure
  • Arrange for a ride home from your appointment
  • Take the day off to rest

After your epidural injection, you can eat as you normally would but you shouldn’t drive for at least 24 hours. If you notice any serious side effects, call Dr. Kushnerik as soon as you can.

Request a consultation with Vadim Kushnerik, MD, by phone or online to learn more about epidural injections today.