We are proud to announce that our Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection Video was just awarded Silver in the 36th Annual Telly Awards!
The video was awarded top honors in the Online Video - Use of Animation category. This is our second Silvery Telly Award this year; our Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) Video was also awarded a Silver in the same category.
Previously this year, we were awarded several bronze awards for our Herniated Disc Video.
Below are some highlights from our award-winning video.
Anatomy of the cervical spinal nerves
In this image you can see the cervical spine, with the nerves depicted in yellow.
Pain in the cervical spine is often caused from inflammation around the nerves. A cervical epidural steroid injection may help relieve the pain.
The nerve roots, nerves, spinal cord, and cerbrospinal fluid are all contained in a sac call the dura. The epidural space, where the needle will go, surrounds the dura.
This image shows the path of the nerves in the neck (in purple) as they travel through the cervical epidural space before extending down through the shoulders and into the arms and hands. When nerves in this area are irritated, you may feel pain along this path. This pain is referred to as cervical radiculopathy.
Conditions that irritate the cervical nerves
Epidural steroid injections may treat pain caused by conditions that cause inflammation and/or irritation to occur in the nerves as they exit the spine through small holes on each side of the vertebrae.
This image shows an epidural needle approaching the irritated nerves caused by a cervical herniated disc that is impinging on a nerve root. A degenerated disc may cause local inflammation. Cervical osteoarthritis or cervical spinal stenosis may reduce the space for the nerves, resulting in inflammation and irritation to the nerves.
Cervical epidural injection
Medication delivered to this area through an epidural injection coats the nerves and relieves pain.
To prepare for the procedure, you will be asked to lie face down. Your doctor will numb the area around the injection site with anesthetic.
Then they will use X-ray guidance and contrast dye, called fluoroscopy, to visualize the needle going into the cervical epidural space and position it properly.
Once the needle is properly positioned, your doctor will inject a cortisone steroid solution, which is an anti-inflammatory medication. The medication should alleviate the inflammation, which should in turn decrease the nerve pain.
The goal of cervical epidural steroid injections is usually to provide you with enough pain relief to pursue an active rehabilitation program that will get you on the road to permanent healing.