Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection in Flowood, MS
Cervical epidural steroids are used to treat chronic pain in the neck and back. At Jackson Pain Center, Dr. J. Edwin Dodd is a board-certified pain management doctor who can help you with your pain management needs. He offers cervical epidural steroid injections to relieve or manage the chronic discomfort. We are conveniently located at 1 Layfair Drive, Suite 400 Flowood, MS 39232. Contact us for more information.
Table of Contents:
What is a cervical epidural steroid injection?
How does a cervical epidural steroid injection work?
What are cervical epidural steroid injections used for?
How commonly are cervical epidural steroid injections used for pain management?
Who performs a cervical epidural steroid injection?
How do I prepare prior to a cervical epidural steroid injection?
Steroid injections in the cervical epidural space around the spinal nerves are known as cervical epidural steroid injections (cervical ESI).
Cervical epidural steroids are used to treat chronic pain caused by irritation and inflammation of the spinal nerve roots in your neck (the cervical region of your spine) caused by certain conditions or injuries. Chronic pain radiating from your neck down to your shoulders, arms, or hands is called cervical radiculopathy.
The use of cervical epidural steroid injections (cervical ESIs) for treating chronic pain is common among healthcare providers. In the epidural space around your spinal cord, your provider injects steroid or corticosteroid medication.
Your spinal cord’s cervical region (neck region) can sometimes become pinched or inflamed with nerve roots. You may experience this if you have a herniated disk. You may feel pain in your shoulder and/or arm if your nerves are inflamed. Your healthcare provider injects a steroid into your spinal cord’s epidural space during cervical epidural steroid injections.
In addition to reducing swelling and pressure on the nerves, steroids coat the irritated nerves causing pain. It gives the nerves time to heal when the steroid is administered. Injections of cervical epidural steroids usually relieve pain temporarily, but they may not provide relief for everyone.
Cervical epidural steroid injections are used to treat cervical radiculopathy, a type of chronic neck pain caused by inflammation and irritation of spinal nerve roots.
Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy may include numbness, pain, tingling, and muscle weakness, which can radiate from your neck down to your shoulder, arms, or hands.
There are a number of conditions that can irritate the spinal nerve roots in your neck and cause cervical radiculopathy.
Certain types of chronic neck pain can be treated with cervical epidural steroid injections. In the United States, cervical radiculopathy affects one in 1,000 adults annually, and neck pain ranks fourth among the leading causes of disability. The rate of cervical ESIs among Americans aged 65 or older has doubled over the past decade
It is very important for healthcare providers to have significant specialized training in cervical epidural steroid injections. A variety of healthcare providers may perform cervical ESIs, such as radiologists, physiatrists, neurologists, anesthesiologists, and surgeons.
Due to the possibility of using fluoroscopy imaging (a type of X-ray imaging) during your cervical ESI, it is vital that you inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or might be pregnant. Additionally, you should tell your provider if you take any medications, including herbal supplements, supplements, and other non-prescription medications.
In preparation for your ESI injection, you will receive specific instructions from your healthcare provider. The instructions they give you must be followed. The cervical ESI may require that you fast for a certain period of time before the procedure. It may be necessary to adjust certain medications you’re taking, especially blood thinners. To determine the exact area that needs to be treated, they may have you undergo an MRI or CT scan of your neck before your cervical ESI. In the event that you are going to take a sedative for cervical ESI, it may be a good idea to have someone drive you home.
Epidural steroid injections are usually performed in hospitals or outpatient clinics. It usually takes 15 to 30 minutes to perform a cervical ESI. During this procedure, it is very important to remain still. TFESI (transforaminal epidural steroid injection) and IESI (interlaminar epidural steroid injection) are the two most common approaches. Your healthcare provider uses either of these methods to reach your spinal cord’s epidural space.
Cervical epidural steroid injections are available at Jackson Pain Center. We are conveniently located at 1 Layfair Drive, Suite 400 Flowood, MS 39232. Contact us for more information. We serve patients from Flowood MS, Jackson MS, Richland MS, Ridgeland MS, Langford MS, Brandon MS, Pearl MS, and surrounding areas.
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