Tim Canty, M.D.| Associate Director of Pain Management Staten Island University Hospital | Harvard Fellowship Trained and Board Certified in Pain Management Minimally Invasive Spine Pain Management Specialist Produced: www.DrMDK.com
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Male: Like an epidural, what's the epidural area? Tim: So the epidural area is an area that's outside the area where the nerves lies. But inside the bony area of your spinal canal. Male: It’s the sac that holds the whole thing? Tim: Correct. Male: Okay, why would you use that over some other areas? Tim: Well, when someone has a disk herniation, typically, that would be the area that we target because we can deliver the medication to the nerves that may be affected by either disk herniation or some other process going on the spine which is the epidural space. So we would do nerve blocks or transferamenal injections which may come up a little bit more into the front to actually really put medication right near the disk where the process is occurring. We can do injections in to the joints, into the arthritis in the back or pretty much any joint that maybe having a problem. Male: Does that require one shot? Two shots? Three shots? What is the usual situation? Tim: Well, there has been this feeling that people get a series of three injections when they have disk herniation and they're getting the epidural injections. But it’s our feeling that if someone needs one injection and they get complete pain relief, then that's all they need.

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