Epidural Steroid Injections (Back Pain & Sciatica)

Epidural steroid injections and nerve root blocks are advanced pain management techniques offered at The Pain Clinic. These treatments aim to alleviate chronic pain and inflammation, targeting specific areas of concern. With our expertise and comprehensive approach, we can help you find relief from conditions such as:

  • Herniated discs (slipped discs)
  • Sciatica (shooting pain or numbness in the arms or legs)
  • Discogenic pain (neck or low back pain)
Read more about other joint injections for hip, knees, and shoulders that might be suitable for your recovery.

Understanding Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural steroid injections is a well-established non-surgical approach to managing low back pain and leg pain. They have been utilised since 1952 and remain an integral part of pain management for such ailments. By delivering targeted medication to the affected area, these injections provide pain relief, either on their own or in conjunction with a comprehensive rehabilitation programme.

Benefiting from Epidural Steroid Injections

If you are experiencing herniated discs, sciatica, or discogenic pain, epidural steroid injections could be a suitable option for you. These injections help reduce pain and inflammation, providing relief and improving your quality of life. By targeting the specific source of your pain, we can develop a tailored treatment plan to address your unique needs.

Personalised Treatment for Herniated Discs

Herniated discs, often referred to as slipped discs, can cause severe pain and discomfort. Our pain specialists understand the challenges associated with this condition and offer epidural steroid injections as a potential solution. These injections target the inflamed area, reducing pain and facilitating the healing process. We will work closely with you to create a personalised treatment plan that focuses on your long-term well-being.

Relieving Sciatica with Epidural Steroid Injections

Sciatica, characterised by shooting pain or numbness in the arms or legs, can significantly impact your daily life. Our pain management experts employ epidural steroid injections to specifically target the affected nerve roots, providing targeted pain relief. By addressing the root cause of your sciatic pain, we can help restore your mobility and alleviate discomfort.

Managing Discogenic Pain with Precision

Discogenic pain, which manifests as neck or low back pain, can greatly hinder your ability to perform daily activities. Our team recognises the challenges you face and utilises epidural steroid injections to alleviate pain and inflammation associated with this condition. By precisely targeting the affected discs, we aim to improve your overall quality of life.

Customised Solutions to Ensure Effective Pain Relief

At The Pain Clinic, we ensure effective pain relief by offering customised pain management solutions. We understand that each patient’s pain management journey is unique, which is why our pain specialists emphasise a personalised approach to treatment. Alongside epidural steroid injections, we provide a range of complementary therapies such as physical therapy, exercises, and ergonomic guidance. This comprehensive approach optimises pain relief and promotes overall well-being, enabling patients to engage in rehabilitative stretching and exercise programmes for a faster recovery. Don’t let chronic pain hold you back any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ho Kok Yuen, our experienced pain specialist. At The Pain Clinic, we are committed to helping you find effective and long-lasting pain relief, allowing you to live life to the fullest.

Our clinic is under the following insurance panels

We work with various insurance partners to assist with your hospitalisation and surgery claims. In some instances, pre-approval from your insurer allows direct billing between the hospital and insurer so that you will have peace of mind during your treatment. We are accredited by Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH), so you may also utilise Medisave for your hospitalisation expenses.

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Meet Our Doctor

Dr Ho Kok Yuen is a specialist in pain medicine and anaesthesia. He completed his pain management fellowship at Duke University Hospital in USA in 2006. He is involved in teaching, research and also serves on numerous advisory boards. Besides writing articles in peer-reviewed journals, clinical practice and consensus guidelines, as well as book chapters on pain and anaesthesia, he lectures at international conferences and teaches at interventional pain workshops frequently.

Dr Ho Kok Yuen obtained his MBBS and Master of Medicine (Anaesthesiology) from the National University of Singapore. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (GDSM) from the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMed) at Nanyang Technological University.

  • Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management (DAAPM)
  • European Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM), European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA)
  • European Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM), European Pain Federation EFIC
  • Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMed)
  • Chairman, Chapter of Pain Medicine Physicians, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • Council Member, College of Anaesthesiologists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • Chairman, South-East Asian Section, World Institute of Pain (WIP)
  • Fellow, Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) with the WIP
  • Examiner, FIPP Examinations
  • Fellow, Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS)
  • Past President, The Pain Association of Singapore (2011-2017)
  • Past Vice-President, Association for South-East Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS) (2012-2013)

Dr Ho Kok Yuen is widely recognised as an expert in minimally invasive interventional pain management, having performed thousands of such surgeries. He treats persistent and severe pain using therapies such as steroid injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, intrathecal drug delivery and spinal cord stimulation.

The first physician in Asia to perform cooled radiofrequency ablation, he has been treating spine, sacroiliac joint, hip, and knee pain using this technique since 2006. He also administers spinal infusions to ensure pain-free end-of-life comfort care for patients with advanced terminal cancer pain.

When Boston Scientific launched its most advanced SCS system – the WaveWriter Alpha™ – in Southeast Asia, Dr Ho Kok Yuen was the first doctor to perform the implant surgery. SCS uses electrical impulses to block pain signals in the spinal cord, effectively treating intractable back pain, leg pain and neuropathic pain. SCS therapy has helped hundreds and thousands of people around the world improve their quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions About Epidural Steroid Injections

An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure in which a mixture of steroid medication and a local anaesthetic is injected into the epidural space of the spine. The epidural space is the area around the spinal cord and nerve roots. Epidural steroid injections are commonly used to alleviate pain and inflammation associated with various spinal conditions.

Epidural steroid injections work by delivering a potent anti-inflammatory medication directly into the epidural space. The steroid then inhibits the release of pain-inducing chemicals from degenerated or herniated discs, limits the production of inflammatory pain mediators, and decreases spontaneous nerve pain signals. Through this, the medication helps to reduce inflammation, swelling, and irritation of the spinal nerves, providing relief from pain.
Epidural steroid injections are commonly used to treat a range of back pain conditions. These conditions include herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and radiculopathy. Epidural steroid injections can effectively target the source of pain in these conditions, providing temporary but significant pain relief for patients. However, it’s important to note that the specific treatment plan and suitability for an epidural steroid injection should be determined through a comprehensive evaluation and consultation with a healthcare professional.

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