A Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection is an out patient treatment for upper body pain. A pain relieving injection is administered to the epidural space. The epidural space is the space around the dura which is the protective covering of the spinal cord and nervous system.
Your brain sits on top of your skull and the brain stem goes down into the first two bones in your neck. From there comes your spinal cord. The spinal cord houses your nervous system and is protected by your spinal column. The spinal column is made up of bones called vertebrae and in between the bones are discs that act as shock absorbers. The nerves control every cell, movement and function in your body and travel between the vertebrae to tell your arm to move, your heart to beat, your stomach to digest, your neck to feel pain and so on. The nervous system is the master controller for your entire body!
Often the area that protects this magnificent system called the dura can get inflamed due to disc injury, herniation or bulge as well as bone changes such as bone spurs, arthritis and degeneration. When this occurs it may cause neck, upper back and arm pain, tingling or numbness. A Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection can be used to reduce or eliminate the inflammation and associated symptoms.