A cervical epidural injection is a shot of medicine in your neck. It can help with pain, tingling, or numbness in your neck or down your arm.
The injection goes into the area around the spinal cord in your neck.
The steroid medicine in the shot may help reduce swelling and pain. Steroids don't always work. When they do, it can take a few days. So your injection may also include a numbing medicine. It works right away for a short time.
Some people get a series of these shots over weeks or months.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor
if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and
keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
Go to http://www.healthwise.net/ed
Enter S470 in the search box to learn more about "Cervical Epidural Injection: Before Your Procedure."
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John M. Freedman, MD - Anesthesiology & Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
© 2006-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.