Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections
You might need a spinal injection for neck, arm or back pain that has not responded to physical therapy or other treatments. Nerves can become damaged or compressed over time, and the injections used may decrease swelling and pain. An alternative to back surgery, spinal injections can be used to diagnose the source of your pain and relieve the pain. Recovery time is quick and procedure has fewer risks than surgery.
This procedure is performed by first numbing the area by injecting the skin with a small dose of local anesthesia. A cervical transforaminal steroid is injected into the epidural space between two vertebrae in the neck or upper back area, also called the cervical area. The medicine moves through the spinal canal to coat the nerve roots near the injection area.
The procedure begins with the patient lying on his or her stomach. The area around the SI joint is numbed with an injection of a local anesthetic. Using fluoroscopy dye and X-rays to assist in guiding the injection, a needle is inserted into the SI joint to deliver medicine directly to the source of pain. This will relieve swelling and pressure, and may relieve pain up to a few months.