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What to know about transforaminal epidural steroid injections

People may receive transforaminal epidural steroid injections to relieve pain for several conditions that affect the back, arms, legs, or neck.

People with conditions including sciatica, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis may benefit from transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Doctors may also use this injection to examine how a person’s body reacts to it to help diagnose any underlying condition that could be causing them pain.

This article discusses how transforaminal epidural steroid injections work, including their use, side effects, and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. It also answers some frequently asked questions (FAQ).

A transforaminal epidural steroid injection is delivered via an epidural spinal needle into an opening on the side of the spine called the foramen. This opening allows access to the nerve root.

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