Patient Stories

Back in Circulation: Epidural Injections for Osteoarthritis

Maria Reguerio, a cancer survivor and volunteer, suffers with chronic pain in her hip and lumbar spine brought on by an unintentional movement. The pain started in her right leg nearly a decade ago, moving to her lower back. “It was very, very bad,” recalls Ms. Reguerio, age 69 and grandmother of five.

At Hospital for Special Surgery, she saw Gregory E. Lutz, MD, Chief of Physiatry, who prescribed a series of epidural injections. “Once we localize the primary source of the pain,” says Dr. Lutz, “patients are provided with a staged approach to treatment starting with the least invasive method.”

At Special Surgery, patients with spine osteoarthritis receive a continuum of care from non-surgical management to spine surgery and disc replacement. The Department of Physiatry at HSS provides non-operative care of patients with musculoskeletal and neurologic problems related to OA.

“The injections helped me 100 percent,” says Ms. Reguerio. “Needless to say, I went to the best place for joints.”