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Intrathecal Pain Pump Test Specialist

Indiana Neurology and Pain Center

Interventional Pain Management Specialists & Neurologists located in Indianapolis, IN

Many people who suffer from chronic pain conditions struggle to find an effective treatment to alleviate their discomfort. The intrathecal pain pump is a pain management option that delivers medication directly to your spinal cord and provides pain relief with smaller amounts of medication and fewer side effects. Interventional pain management specialist Samiullah Kundi, MD, at Indiana Neurology and Pain Center, with offices on the east and west side of Indianapolis, Indiana, provides intrathecal pain pump tests to see if the device is a good fit for you. Call the nearest office or book online today to learn more.

Intrathecal Pain Pump Test Q & A

What is an interlaminar epidural steroid injection?

The interlaminar epidural steroid injection is one of the many interventional pain management services offered at Indiana Neurology and Pain Center. 

During the injection, your provider delivers steroid medication to the epidural space in your spine, which is the area that surrounds the sac containing your spinal cord and nerves. 

The injection reduces spinal nerve inflammation to alleviate pain, numbness, and tingling.

Who benefits from an interlaminar epidural steroid injection?

When you visit Indiana Neurology and Pain Center for an interventional pain management consultation, your specialist conducts an in-depth clinical exam to determine the best treatment for you. 

They may recommend the interlaminar epidural steroid injection if you have chronic back, neck, leg, or arm pain from:

  • Sciatica
  • Herniated disc
  • Misaligned vertebrae 
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Failed back surgery

Indiana Neurology and Pain Center also finds that the interlaminar epidural steroid injection benefits people with neuropathic disorders that cause chronic pain.

What happens during an interlaminar epidural steroid injection?

Your specialist at Indiana Neurology and Pain Center reviews what you can expect during your interlaminar epidural steroid injection at your consultation. Before getting the injection, they may first administer medication to help you relax.

Your interventional pain management specialist then uses a local anesthetic to numb the area of your back receiving the injection. 

Then, using guided imagery, your provider inserts a needle into your spine in-between two vertebrae and injects the medication, targeting the nerves on both sides of the vertebrae.

In most cases, an interlaminar epidural steroid injection takes about 15 minutes. 

What happens after an interlaminar epidural steroid injection?

After the injection, your provider at Indiana Neurology and Pain Center sends you to the recovery area for monitoring and then discharges you home.

Though you may experience immediate pain relief after your injection from the local anesthetic, it usually takes two to three days for the steroid to work.

Results from an interlaminar epidural steroid injection vary. Some patients experience pain relief for several months. For patients that experience long-term pain relief, your provider at Indiana Neurology and Pain Center may repeat the injection as needed.

To learn more about the interlaminar epidural steroid injection, call Indiana Neurology and Pain Center, or request an appointment online today.