The cervical spine is the part of the spine in your neck. The spinal cord sits inside a tunnel created by the vertebrae (bones making up the spine). It is also protected by a soft layer of tissue called the dura. The epidural space is the area between the boney canal and the dura layer of the spinal cord.

An epidural injection is a procedure to deliver medicine into this epidural space. The medicine may include an anesthetic that will numb the pain and a steroid that can decrease swelling and irritation.

Cervical Spine
Cervical Spine
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An epidural injection may be done if you have pain in your neck and upper limb that is not responding to conservative treatment, such as oral medicines and physical therapy.

Damage to local joints or discs of the spine can irritate the nerves exiting the spinal cord. This can cause inflammation around the nerves, which leads to pain. The pain may be in the neck or may travel down to the shoulders and arms, and even to the hands and fingers.

The injection may provide relief for a few weeks or even a couple months depending on the exact cause of pain.

This procedure may help manage the pain until the injury that caused the nerve irritation has time to heal.