What is a cervical epidural steroid injection? 

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Endoscopic spine surgery An epidural steroid injection is used to treat pain arising from irritation of spinal nerves and discs. Steroid medications, designed to reduce inflammation, are injected into the epidural space. The epidural space is a space in the spine superficial to the spinal cord where spinal nerves travel.

Are there safety concerns?

In 2012 there was an outbreak of meningitis caused by contaminated steroids. All cases came from facilities that used medications that were mixed in an unclean environment. The Los Angeles Minimally invasive Spine Institute only uses medications that are mixed in the operating room under clean and sterile conditions at the time of injection best spine surgeon in los angeles.

How is an epidural steroid injection performed?

The physician places a small needle through the skin of the lower neck and through a natural opening in the bones of the spine. The needle then is directed into the epidural space where spinal nerves travel. A small amount of x-ray dye shows the doctor that the needle is in the correct location. The injection consists of medications that reduce inflammation and pain spine surgeon los angeles.

How long will the procedure take?

Allow yourself an hour to be prepared for the procedure. The actual procedure will take about 15 to 30 minutes. After the procedure you will recover for 30 minutes to an hour before going home.

What is the recovery like?

You can generally return to your normal activities by the next day. You can shower the same day as the procedure.

What are the symptoms of whiplash headache?

Patients with headache after a whiplash injury will typically experience pain in the back of the head where the head meets the neck.  This pain may radiate to the temples, the top of the head, the front of the head or down the neck.  The pain may be intermittent or constant.  Pain may be worse with moving the neck, reading, using a computer monitor or texting.  These headaches may be associated with dizziness or a sensation that the room is spinning.  The medical term for these headaches is cervicogenic headaches.

What causes whiplash headache?

Early after a whiplash injury headaches may be caused by overstretching of the ligaments and tendons of the upper neck.  This is called a sprain or a strain.  Typically, symptoms from sprain or strain will resolve within 6–8 weeks.  When symptoms continue it is a sign of a more severe injury.  Approximately 80% of the time chronic headaches following a whiplash are due to an upper joint injury in the neck.  These joints are called the facet joints.  Approximately 20% of the time a chronic headache may be due to a disc injury in the upper neck.

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