Tests and treatments
Injection for radiating neck pain
What is it?
Due to wear and tear (arthrosis), inflammation, surgery or an accident, the spinal column may undergo change an can lead to ‘nerve pain’. Depending on which nerve is irritated, the pain will radiate towards a certain part of the body, such as the left arm or down to your fingers.
A cervical epidural injection may help you in this case. It is an injection given with local anaesthetic and an inflammation inhibitor (cortisone) in the epidural space, which is located around the spinal cord.
The goal is to address the nerve inflammation, which will reduce the pain and have you back to being active more quickly.
On the day of the treatment, you will come to the hospital. Please follow these rules regarding fasting:
By law, you may not drive any vehicles or operate machinery the morning after the treatment. Therefore, make sure that somebody can take you to and from the hospital. The physician or nurses can provide you with certificates if required. If you wish, the nurses of the Pain Centre can order a taxi for you.
Always inform the physician if:
- you have diabetes or a heart condition
- you are (or could be) pregnant
- you are allergic to certain medications, contrast agents or iodine (disinfectant), latex, etcetera
- you take blood thinners
If you have reduced kidney function, have recently experienced thrombosis or a heart attack or have had a stent implanted, you must contact your attending physician first.
You will find an overview of the medications that you must stop taking before the treatment (and when) in the leaflet at the bottom of this page.
Latest publication date: 22/04/2021