Cervical Epidural Steroid Injections
The cervical spine protects the spinal cord and peripheral nerves that serve the head, neck and arms. When the epidural space in the cervical spine is narrowed due to inflammation from spinal conditions, the nerve roots can be irritated and compressed. Neck, head, shoulder, arm and hand pain result from cervical spine conditions that impact the nerve. One treatment option that may offer pain relief is cervical epidural steroid injections, available at Ospina Medical in New York City.
Pressure on the nerve roots in the cervical spine cause more than just pain. The arms, shoulders and hands may experience tingling, burning, numbness or weakness as well. Injury to the neck can cause inflammation, as well as a variety of spine conditions. Thickened ligaments, bone spurs, bulging discs and spinal stenosis all invade the epidural space, putting pressure on the nerve roots. Severe conditions may need surgery or invasive treatments, but often the pressure can be relieved with interventional pain management, including cervical epidural steroid injections.
Relief for Neck, Shoulder and Arm Pain
Going directly to the source of the pain is the goal of interventional pain management. At Ospina Medical, we utilize treatments, like injection therapy, to stop the pain instead of masking it with narcotics or dangerous opioids. Cervical epidural steroid injections are completed using precise imaging to guide the needle to the exact position. The injection contains a local anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory steroid to help reduce pressure on the nerve roots. Patients may feel immediate relief due to the local anesthetic, and this medication will dissipate in a few hours. The steroid begins reducing inflammation, with results usually noticed in a few days after the injection.
If you have sustained neck, shoulder, arm or hand pain or dysfunction, it is possible it arises from nerve root compression in the epidural space of the cervical spine. Contact our pain management team at Ospina Medical to schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation. We offer cervical epidural steroid injections at our clinic in Midtown Manhattan that may be the solution to give you pain relief.