Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
Chronic or acute neck pain can be caused by damaged spinal discs or other problems in the cervical spine. The epidural space provides cushioning for the spinal cord and nerve roots. If these sensitive nerves are irritated due to intrusion into the epidural space, neck and radiating pain can occur. Our pain specialists at CLEAR Wellness Group offer a diagnosis and treatment for neck nerve pain, including cervical epidural steroid injections at our clinic in Chicago.
Wear, tear, disease and injury can impact the components of the cervical spine. Ruptured or herniated spinal discs, bone spurs from spinal arthritis and other cervical spine damage can result in intrusion into the epidural space. Nerve roots may be affected, causing localized neck pain or radiating pain into the shoulder or arm. A cervical epidural steroid injection helps identify injured spinal discs or vertebrae that cause neck pain, as well as offer neck nerve pain relief.
Injection Therapy for Neck Nerve Pain
Cervical epidural steroid injections deliver a local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory steroid directly to the epidural space. The local anesthetic can provide immediate relief and indicate whether or not the injection is impacting the correct nerves causing pain. While the anesthetic does wear off in a few hours, the steroid can reduce inflammation over the next few days, offering long-lasting relief.
Steroid injections cannot heal damaged cervical discs or other issues causing neck nerve pain, but reduced inflammation can relieve pain and allow for healing. Patients with chronic neck pain may need additional cervical epidural steroid injections to maintain relief. Our pain specialists can discuss treatment options available to maintain neck nerve pain relief.
If you suffer from neck pain due to damaged spinal discs or other cervical spine problems, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group. We can schedule a diagnostic appointment with one of our pain physicians at our medical facility in Chicago.