Most people experience neck pain that is usually not serious, and goes away on its own without any intervention. However, some experience acute or chronic neck pain that is more serious. The pain is often intense, and medical intervention is sometimes the only way to find relief. A steroid injection is one such option that can possibly relieve neck pain.
What is a Steroid Injection in the Neck?
A steroid injection is when a steroid is injected directly into the body. The steroid is an anti-inflammatory that reduces inflammation and pain in the affected area. To treat neck pain, the steroid is injected into the membrane that surrounds the spinal cord and the brain. This area is targeted because nerves in the neck pass through this area before extending to other parts of the body.
Who Benefits from a Steroid Neck Injection?
Those suffering from neck pain, can contact their physician or pain specialist regarding relief through steroid injection. If the neck pain is severe, then doctors might consider the injections. Back pain can also be treated this way. It’s usually only done after other non-invasive methods such as medication, rest, exercise, and physical therapy fail to relieve the pain. In most cases, it might take one or more injections to see results. Steroid injections are not guaranteed to work.
What Happens During the Treatment?
The procedure is done with the patient lying face down, and an anesthetic is used to numb the injection site. There is no cutting involved, but there can be discomfort caused by the needle. The doctor will use x-ray guidance to position the needle and inject the medication. Once the steroid enters the body, it coats the nerves in the target area. If successful, the steroid will ease inflammation and reduce nerve pain in the area. More than one injection may be necessary.
What Happens During Recovery?
Rest is required immediately after the injection. Resting is important because vigorous activity can cause more inflammation. After a resting period, the patient can begin to resume activity. Walking for 5 to 10 minutes several times during the day is often recommended. Depending on the diagnosis, the patient may be required to take physical therapy or undergo other rehabilitation methods.
Relief for Neck Pain
Anyone suffering from neck pain should seek medical help. The pain might be the result of a serious condition. A doctor will perform a thorough examination and present possible options.
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