CERVICAL INJECTIONS

CERVICAL INJECTIONS

For pain conditions involving the nerves in the neck, we may recommend a cervical injection.
A cervical epidural injection may be performed to relieve pain associated with inflammation around the nerves in the neck. The epidural space surrounds the dura. The dura is the sac around the nerve roots that contains cerebrospinal fluid and spinal cord and nerves.

 

  • What is the Cervical Injection Treatment Like?

    The drugs are delivered into the epidural space of the spine, which is the area between the bony vertebra and the protective dura sac surrounding the spinal nerves and cord. These injections can reduce inflammation and can be effective when delivered directly into the painful area. Unfortunately, the injection does not make a herniated disc smaller; it only works on the spinal nerves by flushing away the proteins that cause swelling. The pain relief can last from days to years, allowing your spinal condition to improve with physical therapy and an exercise program. The first step of the cervical injection treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the skin is numbed, a needle will be carefully inserted near the cervical nerves and the injection will be performed. This treatment is typically completed in less than an hour. After treatment, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising at the injection site, but these effects usually fade within a few days.

  • What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Cervical Injections?

    After your cervical injection treatment, you will notice immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic that is injected. This will wear off in a few hours, and pain may return briefly. The steroid medication will take effect within a few days, soothing inflammation so that you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. The results from your cervical steroid injection can last between several weeks and several months. The exact duration of these results will vary, so we will help you determine the kind of results that you can expect during your initial visit.

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