You may experience pain in your low back, legs and feet due to back problems such as sciatica and herniated discs. Transforaminal injection can help by reducing the inflammation caused by this pain.
The procedure takes about 20 minutes to perform, and you will be able to go home that same day. The area on your low back will be numbed by a local anesthetic. Using an x-ray, a needle will be inserted to target the nerve root that is causing the pain. A mixture of anesthetic and a steroid will then be injected to provide short and long term pain relief.
After the Procedure
After 24 hours from the end of the procedure, you can continue your regular, daily routine, diet and exercise. Please refrain from driving or exercising until then. You will see results within a week of the procedure.
The risks, although rare, include: bleeding or injection at injection site; numb or weak legs or feet; dizziness; headache. If you experience new shortness of breath 24 - 48 hours after the injection or any signs of infection in the area of the injection you should call the doctor right away.
Watch this short video below to learn more about the procedure.