Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections are typically able to provide more pain relief compared to oral anti-inflammatory steroids or other pain medications. This is mainly due to the fact that they are injected close to the source of your pain. Medications taken orally do not have as direct an impact on the affected area by the time they reach it, leading to less effective pain relief. They might also have unpleasant side effects. Injections do not have these side effects and can safely be administered up to three times per year. They also provide better control of inflammation in your lower back pain by ridding this area of chemicals that can lead to flare-ups.