An epidural steroid injection is a non-surgical treatment recommended for back pain caused by degenerative conditions of the spine and compression of spinal nerves. Spinal nerves may get compressed as a result of damaged vertebral joints, bony overgrowths, herniated discs or thickened ligaments.
Facet joints are the joints located between adjacent vertebral bones of the spine. They are paired joints that provide stability to the vertebral column. Wear and tear or mechanical stress may damage the facet joints, resulting in pain and inflammation. Facet joint and medial branch blocks are injections administered to nerves called medial branches.
Morphine is a strong analgesic medication used to treat severe pain. It may be administered through a delivery system called a pain pump to treat severe back pain and related symptoms. The system delivers morphine at a predetermined rate set by your doctor into the intrathecal space around the affected region of the spinal cord.