Pain in the neck can come from the discs, the joints or the muscles and ligaments of the neck. Once the most likely cause of the pain is found, injections can help to treat the pain or to find other ways to treat the pain.
Conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or arthritis can compress and pinch nerves, leading to pain and inflammation. The steroid injection procedure involves injections into the surrounding area that help with nerve pain management and also decrease the swelling of the nerves. Those suffering from chronic neck pain may benefit from receiving cervical epidural steroid injections.
What Is A Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection?
When the cervical disc or narrowing of the spinal canal causes the pain, then injecting the anti-inflammatory agent known as steroids can help. Receiving 1, 2 or possibly 3 steroid injections has a 50-60% chance of relieving your pain for 6 months or longer.
What is A Cervical Facet Injection?
Up to 70% of patients with neck pain have a problem with their facet joint. The facet joint consists of 2 bones; each having its own nerve called the medial branch. Injecting medication into the medial branch of the cervical facet can diagnose or treat your neck pain.