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What is an epidural steroid injection?

An epidural steroid injection is a procedure that involves injecting anesthesia and a steroid medication into the epidural space. The epidural space is the outermost layer that covers the spinal cord. The spinal cord is contained within three layers, and between each layer is a small space. The epidural space contains fat, veins, arteries, spinal nerve roots, and lymphatics; this space helps protect the spinal cord. 

During an epidural steroid injection, x-ray with a special dye is used to guide the needle into the epidural space closest to an area of pain. Medications that help with pain and inflammation are injected into the epidural space.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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