A cervical epidural is an injection of anti-inflammatory pain medications like cortison into the cervical region of the spine.
This injection is not given in bone or spinal cord.
A patient may need an epidural for one of many reasons. The procedure can be performed as a diagnostic tool in uncovering the exact site and nature of neck pain, or it can be used to treat chronic pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the neck and shoulders.
Cervical epidural is typically reserved for cases where significant nerve damage around the spine is responsible for pain.
Before the procedure, a patient is given a shot of local anesthetic to numb the area. Procedure is done under fluoroscopic(Special X-Ray) guidance and local Anesthesia. After confirmation of nerve roots involved, by injecting contrast as seen in this video, solution is injected.
Procedure is done in OT and takes 25-30 minutes. After procedure patient is shifted to recover room for observation. Patients are usually discharged after 2 hours.