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Chiropractic Care After an Epidural

Published Date: 
November 23, 2022
A woman is getting an epidural injection.

Chiropractic care after epidural helps reduce pain and speeds recovery. Learn how a chiropractor can help you after an epidural injection!

How Chiropractic Care Can Help After an Epidural

Chiropractic treatment is a type of holistic care that focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. This approach can help ease the pain and speed recovery after an epidural.

An epidural injection is usually associated with childbirth, but they are not just for childbirth. It can also be used to relieve pain during other medical procedures.

Additionally, you can get an epidural injection to help with chronic pain management. The injections help relieve pain in the lower back, legs, and arms and can treat other types of pain, such as headaches and neck pain. 

Epidurals are usually given as a series of spinal injections over some time. The number of injections and the time between injections will depend on your pain condition. Epidural spinal injections are generally safe and have few side effects. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved.

How Epidural Spinal Injection Works

How epidurals work is quite complex, as many factors are involved in how these injections can provide pain relief. To understand how an epidural spinal injection works, it’s important to first understand a bit about the anatomy of the spine and the nervous system.

The spine is made up of multiple vertebrae separated by discs. The spinal cord runs through the vertebrae and is protected by the bones and discs. The spinal cord is responsible for sending messages from the brain to the rest of the body.

The spinal cord has many different nerves, which are responsible for different functions. The nerves that carry pain signals from the body to the brain are called pain fibers. When these pain fibers are irritated or damaged, they can send signals to the brain that cause pain.

An epidural spinal injection works by injecting a local anesthetic into the spinal canal, the space around the spinal cord. This anesthetic numbs the spinal nerve pain fibers, which prevents them from sending pain signals to the brain. In addition, the anesthetic also reduces inflammation, which can help to reduce the amount of pain a patient feels.

A woman is experiencing soreness and discomfort after her epidural wore off.

How Long is the Recovery Time After an Epidural Spinal Treatment?

The recovery time after an epidural spinal treatment can vary depending on the individual. In most cases, people can return to their normal activities within a few days. However, some may experience residual soreness and discomfort for a week or two. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions and take it easy during the recovery period to ensure a successful outcome.

Who Can Benefit From Chiropractic Adjustments?

Chiropractic adjustment can offer a variety of benefits for people of all ages. If you have been experiencing pain, stiffness, or other issues with your musculoskeletal system, chiropractic care may be able to help. Here are some of the conditions that can often be treated with chiropractic adjustments:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Arm pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Leg pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis pain relief

Chiropractic adjustment can also help improve your overall mobility and range of motion. New mothers dealing with the physical recovery after childbirth, as well as the stress of caring for a newborn baby, also benefit from chiropractic treatments. 

A woman is getting a chiropractic adjustment to alleviate post epidural discomfort.

Relief from Epidural Back Pain

Chiropractic treatment can provide relief from epidural back pain by restoring alignment in the spine and other joints. When the spine is properly aligned, it takes the pressure off of the nerves and allows them to function properly. This can reduce inflammation and pain.

Chiropractic care can also help to improve range of motion and flexibility. This can be beneficial for people who suffer from epidural back pain because it can allow them to move more freely without pain. In addition, chiropractic care can help to strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the spine. This treatment option can be used in place of or in conjunction with epidural injections.


If you're considering an epidural, you may be wondering if you should also see a chiropractor. Some people find that they still have some pain after an epidural. This is usually because the epidural doesn't completely block all of the nerves in the area. Chiropractic care may help by providing additional relief for those remaining nerve pathways.

Dr. Darren Faherty D.C.

In 2004, Dr. Darren Faherty graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UWEC - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Dr. Darren continued education at the highly esteemed University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) where he obtained his chiropractic degree in 2007. He has been helping people recover from injuries and return to their normal lifestyles ever since.

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