Getting an Epidural for Back Pain: The Basics

Let’s face it, childbirth is quite painful and having an epidural for back pain can be effective in managing the pain. For many women, however, fear of having an epidural and concerns about the risks are just as intense as the fear of actually giving birth.

Using an Epidural for Back Pain

Understanding the basics of using an epidural for back pain in labor can help you decide if it is right for your delivery.

What is an epidural for back pain?

An epidural is an injection of medication into the epidural space to eliminate the sensations associated with childbirth. Instead of working systemically, throughout the entire body, an epidural only works on the nerves supplying the abdomen and lower body.

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