An Epidural Injection is used to relieve pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by compressed nerve(s) in the cervical spine, epidural steroid injections are delivered to the epidural space surrounding your spinal cord in the area of the inflamed and irritated nerve(s). These injections contain a steroid to reduce inflammation and an anesthetic that temporarily blocks the nerve signals transmitting the pain message to your brain.
The epidural space is a sac of tissue that surrounds your spinal cord and protects it. Epidural steroid injections use X-ray imaging to administer corticosteroids for the relief of painful inflammation.
An epidural injection is usually used for pain from a slipped disc or trapped spinal nerve and can give you short-term or long-term pain relief. This should allow you to move around more easily and return to normal activities.
An epidural steroid injection (ESI) involves an injection of a steroid or corticosteroid into your epidural space. It can help relieve neck, arm, back and leg pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves due to certain conditions or injuries. Pain relief from an ESI may last for several days or even years.