The cervical epidural steroid injection procedure is administered to relieve pain in the neck, shoulders and arms caused by pinched or inflamed nerve(s) in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis or arthritis can compress and pinch nerves causing inflammation and pain. The cervical epidural steroid injection into the surrounding area helps to decrease swelling of the inflamed or pinched nerve(s) as well as reduce inflammation and pain. Although rare, risks of a cervical epidural steroid injection procedure may include infection, allergic reaction to the medication, spinal headache, nerve damage, and prolonged increase in pain.
At the end of the cervical epidural steroid injection procedure, the patient goes to a recovery room and is given food and drink and discharged with post-treatment instructions. Some patients may need only one injection, but it may take two or three injections administered weeks apart to provide significant pain relief.