Problems with your spinal discs can cause significant discomfort until you find a treatment that offers relief. There are surgical and nonsurgical options that can alleviate your back pain, depending on your diagnosis.
Degenerative disc disease can cause considerable pain when you move certain ways, making it difficult for you to perform everyday activities. While your doctor might prescribe non-surgical treatment methods, these might not prove effective. The next step might be steroid injections to reduce your pain and inflammation.
Lumbar epidural steroid injections (LESI) place steroids directly into the epidural area of your spine in order to reduce inflammation. They usually consist of cortisone, which has anti-inflammatory properties, combined with a local anesthetic that offers short-term pain relief for degenerative disc disease. In some cases, saline is also included to help flush out chemicals that can cause inflammation, providing additional pain relief.