Epidural Injections

Epidural Injections are also known as cortisone (steroid) injections and are used in pain management therapy.

An epidural is when a local anaesthetic or long lasting steroid such as cortisone is injected into the spine in the space around the spinal cord.

The steroid reduces inflammation and/or swelling of the nerves. This can help with a number of things such as reducing pain, tingling, numbness and other symptoms caused by nerve inflammation, irritation or swelling due to compression.

How do I prepare?

Please arrive early for your exam as you will be asked to complete a questionnaire.

It’s a good idea to dress in a separate top and bottoms, as this makes accessing the area we need access to easier.

We suggest you bring a friend along to drive you home after the appointment, or arrange to get a taxi home.

Technology and Team

Epidural Injections are performed using either a CT, X-ray or Ultrasound.

The injection is delivered by one of our specially trained Radiologists.

Radiologists, Radiographers and our Nurses work together to deliver this service. Due to the number of people involved, this is why we ask you travel to one of our hospital or comprehenisve sites for this imaging procedure.

What happens during my examination

Your Radiographer will explain exactly what will happen during your procedure. It may vary slightly from what we describe below, so don’t worry if this is the case, you’ll always be in very good hands.

On entering the procedure room, you will be introduced to the Radiologist and nurse who will be administering the injection. You will be asked to lie on the bed face down. We’ll clean the site with antiseptic before administering a local anaesthetic to numb the area.

Our Radiologist will then insert a needle using the guidance of imaging technology. This is to ensure the needle is directed into the spinal area correctly. When the needle is in the correct position, the steroid is then injected.

Some people tell us that they feel a little bit of pressure or discomfort when the needle is going into the skin. This is totally normal and we’ll do our very best to limit this feeling as much as possible.

Throughout the procedure, the Radiologist will talk to you about what they’re doing. They will leave the room and come back several times as they review the images.

Immediately after the injection, you may also feel that your legs are slightly heavy and may be a little numb. You may also notice that your pain has gone or lessened. This is due to the local anaesthetic.

The injection should take effect after approximately 24 hours. The procedure will last around 30 minutes. You may feel some minor pressure or discomfort. We’ll do our very best to keep this to a minimum and keep you comfortable. At the end of the examination, you will be asked to stay on the bed for around 30 minutes, before we allow you to dress and return to the waiting area.

After your examination

A report on the procedure and images will be sent directly to your referring Doctor. Please ensure you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.

Cost

The cost of your procedure will depend on various factors. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.

Locations providing this service

189 Lake Street

189 Lake Street,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Bayside

16 Weippin Street (Opposite Redland Hospital) Cleveland, QLD, 4163

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Beenleigh

105 City Road,
Beenleigh, QLD, 4207

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Bowen Hills

Bowen Hills Medical Specialist Centre
Suite 3, 16 Thompson Street
Bowen Hills, QLD, 4006

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Browns Plains

14 Grand Plaza Drive,
Browns Plains, QLD, 4118

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Cairns Private Hospital

144 Lake Street,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Capalaba

Ground Floor,
Rickey Street,
Capalaba, QLD, 4157

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Cleveland

43 Wynyard Street,
Cleveland, QLD, 4163

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Coorparoo

342 Old Cleveland Road,
Coorparoo, QLD, 4151

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Douglas Discovery Rise

Clinical Practice Building,
James Cook Drive (cnr Mt Stuart Street),
Douglas, QLD, 4814

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Gold Coast Airport Central

Airport Central, 1 Eastern Avenue, Bilinga, QLD, 4225

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Gold Coast Private Hospital

Ground Floor, 14 Hill Street, Southport, QLD, 4215

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Greenslopes Private Hospital

Lower Lobby Level,
Newdegate Street,
Greenslopes, QLD, 4120

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Helensvale

GC North Medical Hub
Helensvale Homeworld
Tenancy 78, First Floor
502 Hope Island Road
Helensvale QLD 4212

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Loganholme

62 Bryants Road,
Loganholme, QLD, 4129

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Market Square

Ground Floor, 309 Mains Road
(Cnr Elva Street)
Sunnybank, Qld, 4109

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Mater Hospital Brisbane

4th Floor, 32 Raymond Terrace,
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

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Mater Private Hospital Hyde Park

9-13 Bayswater Road,
Hyde Park, QLD, 4812

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Mater Private Hospital Mackay

76 Willetts Road,
North Mackay, QLD, 4740

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Mater Private Hospital Pimlico

Mercy Centre
25 Fulham Road (access via Diprose Street)
Pimlico, QLD, 4812

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Mater Private Hospital South Brisbane

301 Vulture Street,
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

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Mater Private Hospital Springfield

30 Health Care Drive,
Springfield Central, QLD, 4300

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Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital

Cnr of Kessels and Troughton Roads,
Coopers Plains, QLD, 4108

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Russell Street

127 Russell Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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Southport

128 Queen Street ,
Southport, QLD 4215

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St Andrew’s Hospital Toowoomba

280 North Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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St Vincent’s Hospital Brisbane

411 Main Street,
Kangaroo Point, QLD, 4169

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St Vincent’s Hospital Toowoomba

Scott Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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Sunnybank Private Hospital

Level 1, Sunnybank Private Medical Centre
245 McCullough Street,
Sunnybank, QLD, 4109

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Taringa

Ground Floor, 32 Morrow Street, Taringa, QLD, 4068

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Upper Mount Gravatt

Ground Floor,
1985 Logan Road,
Upper Mount Gravatt, QLD, 4122

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Westcourt

318 Mulgrave Road,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Wynnum

101 Clara Street,
Wynnum, QLD, 4178

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