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Lumbar Injections

What are In-Office Lumbar Injections?

In-office lumbar injections are steroid shots administered to you in your physician’s clinical or office setting to relieve low back pain. These shots involve injecting a local anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory steroid into the lumbar (lower back) area of your spine. Your doctor decides on the appropriate injection depending on the source of the pain in your lumbar area.

Indications for Lumbar Injections

Acute or chronic low back pain that can spread to legs is the primary indication for lumbar injections.

How to Prepare for the Procedure?

Your physician may recommend you stop taking certain medicines (if applicable) for a specific period and avoid eating or drinking for precise hours prior to the injection. You are likely to be told to have a driver who can drive you home after the injection.

How is the Procedure Performed?

Regardless of the type, the injections are given under local anesthesia and performed with the help of a fluoroscope (live X-ray) to make sure the medication is delivered into the right spot.

The lumbar injections offered in the office include:

Epidural steroid injection

  • A needle is inserted in the lower back and directed toward the epidural space.
  • The steroid is injected slowly to the affected area in the epidural space.

Caudal block injection

  • A needle is inserted and directed toward the epidural space near the tail of the spinal cord.
  • The steroid is then injected slowly into the epidural space where it acts on the spinal nerves.

Facet joint injection

  • The facet joints (joints between the two vertebrae) at the lower back are anesthetized.
  • The steroid medication is injected directly into the facet joint capsules of the lower spine.

Lumbar sympathetic block injection

  • A needle is inserted into your lower back along the outside of your spine.
  • The steroid is injected into your sympathetic nerves located on both sides of your spine.

Your doctor will provide details about each procedure in the office before administering the injection.

Risks Associated with Lumbar Injections

Following are the possible risks associated with lumbar injections:

  • Infection, bleeding, nerve damage
  • Soreness at the injection site

What Precautions Should be Taken as You Recover from the Procedure?

As you recover from the procedure, you are expected to:

  • Rest for a specific period of time
  • Avoid driving or rigorous activity for a day or two

Benefits of Lumbar Injections

Lumbar injections are usually safe, non-surgical methods to help in:

  • Relieving the pain
  • Delaying or avoiding surgery
  • Boosting mental health
  • Improving the quality of life
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Melinda Bess
Melinda Bess
2024-02-14
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Dr. Iqbal is the best pain management doctor I have ever had and will have. She does her homework first which I think makes the difference in diagnosis. She is the total package, a very smart and beautiful doctor, wife, and mother. Hand on Bible she changed my life, and I will forever be in debt to her. I can't say thank you enough. I appreciate her staff; they are all awesome as well. I laughed and cried in her office, but her smile and staff always made me feel welcome like part of their family. I would and will drive across country to see her. The referral to a new knee surgeon to fix a bad knee replacement was the best. I got a new knee, and it has been a huge blessing as well. Thank you, Dr. Iqbal and staff you all are 5 stars, in my life.
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2024-02-13
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Brian Knopf
2024-02-13
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Dr. Iqbal and her staff are fantastic! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I highly recommend her and her team
Brenda Jones
Brenda Jones
2024-02-02
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I visited this facility in January for severe back pain I was experiencing. The whole ordeal from beginning to end was amazing. I wish I had known about this place years ago before suffering from so much pain. Dr. Mehreen Iqbal, her assistant Michealle Dooley and their staff is the best. I had a procedure done on 1/17/24 and I no longer suffer from back pain and I'm able to walk again. I highly recommend this facility, 10 Stars!!!
Ann Adkins
Ann Adkins
2024-02-01
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Wonderful experience with Dr. Iqbal & her staff! She is amazing! She listens to her patients & immediately developed a plan to address my back & neck pain. I already feel SO much better and am confident that her plan for me will mean continued improvement. Her staff is wonderful too - friendly, helpful & responsive. I highly recommend Dr. Iqbal & her team!
Camille Adams
Camille Adams
2024-01-22
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The staff are very kind and helpful, and Dr. Iqbal is very good at what she does. Would recommend to all my friends and family.
Noor Malik
Noor Malik
2024-01-02
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My PCP recommended Dr. Mehreen and she was wonderful through out the entire injection process. She took her time explaining everything and was patient through out the process. In my opinion, she is the best pain management doc around.
Jessie Wilson
Jessie Wilson
2023-12-08
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I love Dr. Iqbal and her staff, I couldn't be any luckier to have found her practice. Dr. Iqbal listens well and explains in detail any procedures. She is honest, caring, and down to earth. She and her staff are the greatest. I would recommend her to any of my friends or family.
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Shimmerynight Skies
2023-12-08
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My mother is a patient here and the staff is super nice, fun, and sweet! I highly recommend coming here for friendly service
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2023-12-04
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Excellent doctor. Dr. Iqbal explained every thing in detail and laid out a very clear plant to treat the problem/pain.