When people hear the word “epidural” they usually associate it with the painkiller injections that are sometimes given to women during childbirth, however, injections of steroids can also provide relief from chronic back pain. The epidural layer is the layer around your spinal cord. Injections in this layer can significantly reduce inflammation and pain. If you are suffering from chronic pain that has not responded well to oral medications, there are a number of other options available to curb pain and help with healing. Epidural steroids can be helpful for a number of conditions.