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.
Although generally well tolerated, there are risks involved with a steroid injection. Infection and bleeding are risks with any injection. Though rare, a “flare” of increased pain after the injection can also occur. This flare generally subsides within 3 days. If this happens to you, call your doctor. Steroid injections can also raise your blood glucose level for a few days so if you have diabetes, you should discuss this potential risk with your doctor. There are other risks involved. For example, if you are on a blood thinner like warfarin, you may need to discontinue it prior to the injection.
SUPARTZ is indicated for treatment of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and simple analgesics, ., acetaminophen. You should not use SUPARTZ if you have infections or skin diseases at the injection site or allergies to poultry products. SUPARTZ is not approved for pregnant or nursing women, or children. Risks can include general knee pain, warmth and redness or pain at the injection site. Full prescribing information can be found here or by contacting customer service at 800-396-4325.