Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) Pain Treatment

Thoracic epidural steroid injections are administered as a thoracic pain treatment to relieve pain in the mid-back and shoulder blade area caused by pinched or inflamed nerve(s) in the thoracic spine. Conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis or arthritis can compress nerves causing inflammation and thoracic pain. The injection of medication into the surrounding area helps to decrease swelling of the inflamed nerve(s). Although uncommon, risks of the thoracic epidural steroid injection may include infection, allergic reaction to the medication, spinal headache, nerve damage and prolonged increase in pain.

Animation: Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection


Last reviewed July 2013 by APM's Medical Executive Committee.