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 or nurse call line 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.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John M. Freedman, MD - Anesthesiology & Nancy E. Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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