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Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injections

Thoracic epidural steroid injections (TESI) are a non-surgical treatment option for pain relief in the upper to middle part of your back, known as the thoracic region. This procedure involves injecting corticosteroids into the epidural space around the spinal cord, which can help reduce inflammation and swelling of the spinal nerves.

These injections can treat conditions such as herniated discs and radiculopathy in the cervical and thoracic spine. They can also relieve pain in the mid-back and shoulder blade area caused by pinched or inflamed nerves.

Our team of experienced physicians is committed to delivering the highest standard of care, ensuring every patient's comfort and safety throughout the procedure. We provide advanced pain management solutions, including thoracic epidural steroid injections (TESI). 

At The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Center, we believe in targeting the root cause of your pain, not just managing symptoms. Learn more about our comprehensive approach to pain management and how TESI can help you lead a more comfortable life.

Providing Expert Relief for Spinal Discomfort in Atlanta, GA

Treating Persistent Spinal Discomfort with Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injections

Thoracic epidural steroid injections (TESI) are a specialized treatment designed to alleviate chronic pain in the thoracic region of the spine. This procedure involves injecting corticosteroids directly into the epidural space surrounding the spinal cord, which helps reduce inflammation and swelling of the spinal nerves.

TESI is often recommended for patients experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Persistent, chronic pain in the mid to upper back
  • Pain radiating around the sides of the body
  • Radiating pain in the chest
  • Pain caused by herniated discs or spinal stenosis
  • Pain that worsens with physical activity
  • Persistent pain after back surgery
  • Pain associated with degenerative disc disease

The TESI treatment process typically includes these steps:

  1. The patient lies face down or on their side on an x-ray table.
  2. A local anesthetic is applied to numb the skin and tissue down to the surface of the spinal column.
  3. Using X-ray guidance (fluoroscopy), the doctor directs a small needle into the epidural space.
  4. A steroid-anesthetic mixture is injected into the epidural space, bathing the painful nerve root with soothing medication.

Undergoing TESI can provide several benefits, including:

  • Direct delivery of relief to the source of pain
  • A non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure
  • Potential for immediate relief, with benefits increasing over several days
  • Can form part of a comprehensive treatment plan alongside physical therapy and medication

Thoracic epidural steroid injections are safe, effective, and minimally invasive methods for managing chronic pain associated with various spinal conditions. At The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Center, we are committed to providing personalized, targeted solutions to help our patients reclaim their lives from chronic pain. Our team of expert physicians is ready to guide you on your journey towards pain relief and improved quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a thoracic epidural steroid injection help alleviate pain?

The injection delivers medication directly to the source of the pain in the epidural space of the spine. The steroid medication helps reduce inflammation around the spinal nerves, which can subsequently reduce pain.

Will I need to take time off work after the procedure?

Most people can return to their normal activities the day after the injection. However, it's generally recommended to take it easy for a couple of days post-procedure. Your healthcare provider will provide specific recommendations based on your individual circumstances.

Do you accept insurance for spinal pain?

Yes! The Physicians believe that leading-edge care for chronic spinal pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area.   Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best spinal pain specialist near me?

If you're experiencing chronic spinal pain and are looking for the best specialist near you, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists can help. You can easily schedule an appointment with us through our online tool or by giving us a call. Our team of experts will assess your condition and provide personalized treatment options to help alleviate your pain. Don't wait any longer, contact us today.