Everything You Need to Know About Getting an Epidural with Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a result of the curvature of the spine. Which results in pain and reduced quality of life if it remains ignored.

Thankfully, there are some things you can do to improve your situation and get some relief with proper treatment.

If you’re considering an epidural with scoliosis, there are several things you should know before you proceed. Read on to learn more about this procedure and how it can affect you.

About the Epidural

An epidural is a form of an injection that can help people suffering from lower back pain and neck pain. The injection is made in the epidural space. Which is an area between the covering of the spinal cord and the bony section of the spinal canal.

This area runs the entire length of your spine and when you get an epidural, the medication can move up and down the spine to reach the nerve roots. Once you receive an epidural, the medication coats the nerve endings and lining of the joints near the injection site.

When you receive an epidural, your doctor will insert the needle into your back until they feel it reach the epidural space. They will add some lidocaine to the area to help numb it wait for you to feel it in your back and legs.

Once you indicate that you feel numb, more medication will be injected, and then the needle is taken out. The type of medicine you get and the dosage you receive depends on your condition and your current level of scoliosis severity.

 

Getting an Epidural with Scoliosis

If you have extremely severe scoliosis, getting an epidural may raise some concerns. In most cases, the epidural is inserted into the lower back area, and this might not help those who have scoliosis in the upper back region.

If your scoliosis affects the lower back area, then an epidural could help you. It might be difficult for your doctor to get into space in between your vertebrae in order to safely insert it. There may also be difficulties if you’ve had scoliosis surgery.

Make sure you talk to your doctor about an epidural with scoliosis so they can determine if it’s right for you. Find out more about any possible complications before you agree to the procedure.

You might have to talk to an anesthesiologist first so they can evaluate your condition and refer any information back to the doctor. Depending on your needs, they’ll determine which way to perform the injection.

 

Finding Relief with an Epidural

If you have scoliosis, an epidural can help relieve some of your symptoms. Ask if an epidural with scoliosis is right for you before you commit.

Depending on where your scoliosis is located in the back area, you could find that an epidural will do wonders for your discomfort and pain.

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Florida Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Anthony P. Moreno received his Bachelor’s and Medical degrees from the University of Florida, where he graduated with honors. After that, he completed his orthopedic residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center/University of Miami. Dr. Moreno has also completed a Spine Surgery Fellowship at Hahnemann/Penn. As a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Moreno is also a member of the American College of Spine Surgery and speaker. For instance, he has done many presentations around the world on spinal surgical techniques. His knowledge and expertise can help with any of the most complex spinal cases. Read more about Dr. Moreno’s education, certification and credentials here.