Cervical epidural steroid injections are a frequently used treatment for neck and arm pain originating from the cervical spine.
Cervical epidural steroid injections involve injecting a steroid into the epidural space of the cervical spinal canal where irritated nerve roots are located. The goal of the injection is to decrease inflammation of the nerve roots, hopefully reducing the pain in the neck, shoulders and arms. The epidural injection may help the injury to heal by reducing inflammation. It may provide extended relief or provide a period of pain relief for several months while the injury/cause of pain is healing.
All injections are performed under fluoroscopy (x-ray) guidance.
What can you expect after the injection?
You may have some numbness around your neck area for a few hours. After 24-36 hours, the steroids will begin to take effect, and you should start feeling pain relief.
Many patients who receive these injections for management of their chronic back pain enjoy improved function and diminished pain. The procedure can be repeated if required.