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Cervical Epidural Injection

The injection is done in a hospital or surgery center. You’ll be asked to fill out some forms, including a consent form.

Getting Ready for Your Treatment

  • At least a week before treatment, tell your healthcare provider what medications you take (including aspirin). Ask whether you should stop taking any of them before treatment.

  • Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or allergic to any medications.

Patient lying on stomach under x-ray machine. Two healthcare providers in lead aprons are preparing machine and to give injection in patient's back. Fluoroscope may be used to help doctor see spine during procedure.

During the Procedure

You will lie on an exam table on your stomach or side, or sit in a chair. Stay as still as you can.

During your treatment:

  • The skin over the injection site is cleaned. A local anesthetic (pain medication) numbs the skin.

  • Fluoroscopy (x-ray imaging) may be used to help your healthcare provider see where the injection needs to go. A contrast “dye” may be injected into the region to help obtain a better image.

  • The cervical epidural injection is given. It may contain a local anesthetic to numb the region, steroids (medications that reduce inflammation), or both.

When to Call Your Healthcare Provider

Call your healthcare provider if you have a fever over 101.0°F, nausea, severe headaches, increased arm weakness or numbness, problems swallowing, or a severe increase in pain.

After the Procedure

Most often, you can go home in about 30 minutes. When the anesthetic wears off, your neck may feel more sore than usual. This is normal. Rest and put ice on the area for 20 minutes a few times during the first day. The steroids most often begin to work in 3–4 days.


The pain management nurse will call you in one week to follow-up on your progress.

If you have any questions or concersn, pease contact:

  • OMC's Pain Management Clinic:  507.529.6733

  • OMC's Urgent Care/Emergency Room:  507.529.6650

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