What is it?
A cervical epidural injection, which commonly referred to as CESI has become an effective, reliable and a less invasive treatment for relieving chronic and acute neck pain that has become the bane of your existence.
The injection is administered the same way as when pregnant women are injected before they are just about to give birth. The CES injection really helps them to deal with dreadfully painful childbirth experiences. The medical professional will carefully dab a bit of anti-inflammatory medication right on the epidural region. It is important to understand that when it comes to treating neck pain, the CESI is administered ‘near’ the spine – not close to the spine and definitely not inside the spine.
It works miraculously to ease inflammation and pain.
Cervical epidural injections are pain-free and the procedure is quite simple. After all, the procedure has been in medical practice since the 1980’s. Many physicians opt for a cervical epidural injection for treating cervical radiculopathy or chronic neck pain.
There is plenty of evidence that support the claims that it is one of the most effective pain relieving treatments available. A crucial aspect of a CESI is that it is a minimally invasive treatment that is known for offering instant pain relief. It allows patients to regain their ability to perform daily chores normally.
Am I a candidate?
If an individual is undergoing chronic or severe neck pain that has been going on for four weeks or longer, you could benefit from this highly effective treatment. Early treatment increases your chances of successful outcomes to relieve pain so that it doesn’t worsen with time.
Cervical Epidural Injections are good for serving two purposes:
- Reducing inflammation
- Providing crucial diagnostic information (for identifying the cause of pain)
In this process, the doctor injects a corticosteroid into the epidural space. This is a powerful and long-lasting anti-inflammatory medication that has been effectively serving thousands of patients every year. Frequently, a narcotic is also injected to support pain relief.
The epidural space lies between the protective membrane that covers the spinal cord and the bony spinal canal. Once the doctor injects the medication, it flows to coat the nerve roots.
Diagnostically, when a patient’s symptoms are relieved, the injection also offers evidence that a particular nerve root serves as a pain generator.
How long does the Procedure take?
Typically, the process doesn’t even take half an hour. Most patients may require between two and three treatments to cure their pain completely.
The process is followed by 45 minutes of recovery time. During this time, you will need to be present at the clinic. Patients should avoid driving and arrange someone to take them home on the day of injection. Rest is recommended and no strenuous activities should be done on the day of the epidural injection.
The positive effects of the treatment begin to show within two to three days. However, most patients will observe notable results after the second injection.
All medical procedures, big or small come with few risks and benefits. You should be aware that whenever a needle is inserted into the body; there is a chance of bleeding, infection and tissue injury.
Nerve damage is also likely to occur if any trouble occurs near the spine.
There are also some common risks that may cause a temporary increase in pain. Some people experience allergic reactions, local tenderness after the injection and a few side effects. However, it is considered as one of the best treatments for relieving pain.