(PRWEB) April 09, 2013
The lead medical practitioner at Living Well Medical, a top physical rehabilitation facility in NYC, is pleased to introduce her epidural injection therapy for the successful and long-term management of lower back pain and sciatica symptoms.
Although epidural injections are frequently thought of as a medication used by expectant women to relieve pain during delivery, that is not its only application. Epidural injections are named after the epidural space of the spine, which surrounds the spinal cord and nerve roots, and where medication is deposited. Living Well Medical's Dr. Webb utilizes fluoroscopy to precisely guide the needle into the epidural space, delivering a specialized anesthetic solution, which will reduce any existing nerve inflammation that causes pain in the lower back area.
For patients who experience the set of symptoms known as sciatica, which include lower back pain that radiates down the buttock and leg, this is a breakthrough tool in the fight against debilitating pain. Epidural injections take effect promptly after the procedure and allow the patient to comfortably engage in any necessary treatment protocols to permanently correct the problem (including physical therapy, spinal decompression, and chiropractic adjustments), which can prove difficult if pain weakens or immobilizes the patient.
The radicular pain that causes sciatica is anesthetized by epidural injections, which relieve swelling and inflammation of the impinged sciatic nerve, where the pain originates. By doing so, patients will remain pain-free and able to perform daily activities and exercises as recommended by Dr. Webb and the physical rehabilitation team at Living Well Medical. Following the procedure, patients will experience an immediate increase in comfort and mobility, and will be able to successfully carry out a treatment cycle that will correct the source of spinal imbalance that caused the sciatic nerve to become impinged. If necessary, epidural injections can be repeated throughout the course of treatment to aid in pain management until the patient’s condition has improved and health has been fully restored.
The procedure lasts about 10 to 15 minutes and is simple and straightforward. The patient comfortably lies down while the skin surface is sanitized and the area is topically anesthetized. With the use of fluoroscopy, an advanced X-ray based imaging technique, the needle is inserted and the solution is carefully deposited directly into the epidural space. The patient is then supervised for an additional 10 to 15 minutes to ensure the treatment was successful, and is then discharged. The medication will immediately take effect and the patient will enjoy long-lasting pain relief. The duration of the anesthetic effects of the injection will vary individually, and Dr. Webb will personally assess whether further epidural treatments will be required.
Non-surgical interventional medicine is Dr. Webb’s specialty and she is elated to offer epidural injections, as well as many other procedures, to patients in NYC who suffer the incapacitating effects of sciatica and back pain and wish to remain active without the risks and downtime associated with invasive surgical procedures. For more information on Dr. Webb’s highly effective injection procedures for long-term pain management and relief, please visit the living well website.
ABOUT DR. STEPHANIE WEBB, D.O.
A NYC-based Doctor of Osteopathy, Dr. Webb is a board-certified physician trained in the disciplines of Interventional Spine and Pain Management, as well as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. After obtaining her doctorate from the acclaimed New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Webb interned at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in Plainview, NY and was a fellow at Florida Spine Institute. Dr. Webb currently serves as the principal medical practitioner at Living Well Medical, a top-rated physical rehabilitation facility in New York City.
ABOUT LIVING WELL MEDICAL
Located in downtown NYC’s renowned NoHo neighborhood, Living Well Medical is a premiere physical rehabilitation facility that specializes in non-surgical therapies and pain management. Staffed by a board-certified medical doctor, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, an acupuncturist, and a neurologist, Living Well Medical assists patients who experience spinal issues, back pain, arthritis, bodily traumas, and common conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. Living Well Medical is committed to providing the latest advancements in sports medicine and corrective care using safe and effective treatment protocols and state-of-the-art equipment. For further information on the practice and range of services offered, please visit http://www.livingwellnewyork.com.