Injections for Chronic Pain Management Can Worsen the Pain
An Ohio law firm that represents patients harmed by transforaminal epidurals
There are many causes of chronic pain. An auto or workplace accident can cause chronic pain. Cancer, arthritis, and other diseases can create pain. Poor nutrition, lack of exercise, obesity, and aging can contribute to chronic pain. Sometimes medications can help manage the pain. For others, the pain can be so severe that they might consider a steroid injection known as transforaminal epidural injection. When an epidural injection goes wrong, it can cause permanent pain and even disability.
The medical malpractice lawyers of Crandall & Pera Law who represent Ohio claimants know how traumatic a bad injection can be. We work with medical professionals to determine the cause of the medical mistake and hold the doctors responsible by seeking compensation for their injuries. The Crandall & Pera Law attorneys have been helping personal injury victims for years, and have helped clients obtain million dollar jury verdicts and settlements throughout Ohio, including Columbus, Chesterland, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.
Transforaminal epidural steroid injections defined
A transforaminal injection is a steroid injection into the area of the spine where the nerve roots are. The opening where the spine nerve root is located is called the foramen. The purpose of these injections is to help reduce the swelling of the spinal nerve roots and nearby tissues and also reduce inflammation. The hope is that these reductions will also reduce any pain, tingling, or other uncomfortable conditions. Transforaminal injections are also used to help the doctor identify the source of the pain.
The injections are often used to treat:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal defects (called spondylolysis
- Spinal stenosis
The injection takes just a few minutes. In most cases, the relief is temporary. In the best cases, the relief is permanent. In the worst cases, when there is medical error, the pain can be permanent.
The dangers of a transforaminal epidural injection
Transforaminal epidural injections can cause permanent damage to nerves, paralysis, and even death. Other complications include:
- Permanent injury of the spinal cord
- Damage to arteries and internal bleeding. These conditions can cause spinal cord strokes or brain strokes
- Heart or respiratory arrest
According to Bloomberg Business, epidurals and other pain intervention procedures are a multi-billion dollar business. Of the 8.9 million epidural steroid injections in 2010, half were transforaminal epidural injections. While doctors are the primary sources of transforaminal injections, nursing homes for the elderly are also liability targets. Many of the people who get TSIs are older.
Crandall & Pera Law attorneys seek to hold doctors and nursing homes responsible for medical malpractice
Our Ohio medical malpractice lawyers advocate for the rights of people who received an epidural that was not properly injected. We work with nurses and doctors to help prove that the injection was not properly administered and that the patient suffers greatly because of the medical error. To learn how our Ohio medical malpractice lawyers can help you hold health care providers accountable, please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form. We have offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chagrin Falls, and Chesterland. We represent patients across Ohio.