What is a Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection?
When nerve roots in the cervical (neck) region of the spine become compressed due to a damaged disc or spinal stenosis, it can cause severe swelling, inflammation and pain that radiates through the neck and into the shoulders and arms. The cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injection, typically performed as an outpatient procedure, targets the exact affected nerve in the cervical vertebrae. The medication inside the injection itself is a combination of anesthetics and steroids, designed to bathe the nerve root, reduce inflammation and alleviate pain – Oftentimes right away.
Our expert pain management physicians perform the cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injections offered by Laser Spine & Orthopedics®. Our dedication to minimally invasive treatments generally mean less trauma and shortened recovery times than traditional surgeries. In fact, the patient is typically able to return home the very same day as the injection in most cases.
Our Treatment Approach
At Laser Spine & Orthopedics, cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injections are performed by our experienced pain management physicians. With the procedure usually performed on an outpatient basis, the physician will first numb an area of the neck to create a small incision. The rest of the injection process typically follows these steps:
- A tiny camera, known as a fluoroscope, is inserted through the incision to help the physician guide the injection needle to the exact location in the foraminal space near the compressed nerve root.
- The doctor then inserts a contrast solution to confirm the correct position of the needle.
- After the precise nerve root causing irritation has been discovered and the best position for the injection has been determined, a steroid-anesthesia mixture is released into the foraminal epidural space.
- This bathes the nerve root in soothing, anti-inflammatory medication and, because this is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, patients are usually able to return home the same day.
This injection targets the exact cervical vertebra and associated nerve root for maximized pain relief and reduced inflammation. After receiving a cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injection, patients typically experience little to no downtime and can return to their daily activities sooner than later.