Cervical Epidural Injection
A cervical epidural injection is an injection given to the lowest portion of the neck near the junction with the upper back. A cervical epidural injection can help reduce neck, shoulder, shoulder blade, and arm pain as a result of damage to the discs in the neck or arthritis.
How is a cervical epidural injection performed?
The doctor will numb your neck with medication near the upper back. Then, guided by an x-ray, he will:
- Insert a thin needle into your neck and look at the placement under x-ray
- Inject dye to confirm that medication is administered into the correct space
- Inject a steroid (for longer term relief) or platelet rich plasma
The medicine then spread in the epidural space, thereby hopefully reducing nerve inflammation and pain. Usually, the procedure takes less than 15 minutes and you can go home the same day.