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The Use of Epidural Steroid Injections for Pain Management

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An epidural steroid injection is a surgical procedure that involves surrounding an inflamed spinal nerve with a steroid, which is a strong anti-inflammatory drug. The primary benefit of this procedure is to reduce irritation in the nerve, thereby relieving the patient's pain. Physicians often use an ESI to relieve the pain caused by an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal, known medically as spinal stenosis.