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Do epidural steroid injections just mask the pain of a herniated disc?

The gel-like material within a disk called the nucleus pulposus can bulge or rupture through a weak portion of the surrounding wall also known as the annulus. When this material comes in contact with the spinal nerve, irritation, pain and swelling occur. A steroid injection can reduce inflammation when injected into the painful area. The [...]

Are Cortisone Injections Bad for You? Nonsense… Clarifying the Cortisone Myth

What are Cortisone / Corticosteroids Injections? As a pain management physician, one of the most powerful tools in my arsenal against pain is a steroid injection, also known as a “cortisone injection” or "corticosteroid injection". Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication that reduces the inflammatory response of many painful conditions including arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and [...]