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Cervical vs. Lumbar Epidural Injections

Do you feel recurring or chronic pain in your neck, shoulders, or back? Does the pain make it hard for you to do your normal daily activities?

You do not need to suffer through that pain anymore. Depending on what is causing the pain, you have nonsurgical options to alleviate it: cervical epidural injections or lumbar epidural injections.

These treatments target the source of your pain right at the particular point of the spinal cord. The cervical spine is in the neck area, whereas the lumbar spine is in the lower back. Let’s talk about how each type of epidural injection might be able to resolve your pain for a longer period of time than would other nonsurgical treatments.

How Does a Cervical Epidural Injection Work?

The cervical area of your spine is composed of seven small vertebrae, with a disc between each set of two bones to allow movement and provide stability for your head. This topmost area of the spine is susceptible to injuries which can cause neck pain, and this can then spread to your shoulders and upper back.

If you feel constant pain in this general area, one of your treatment options is to have a cervical epidural injection. The epidural medicine works by numbing the pain in the affected area of your neck.

Why Would I Get a Lumbar Epidural Injection?

The lumbar spine is in your lower back, and it provides support to your torso and your waist. The spinal cord and nerves in this area generally control pain signals in your lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet, sending sensation signals from these places to your brain. If you experience back pain in your lower spine and torso area, a lumbar epidural injection may be a treatment option recommended by your doctor.

How Epidurals Help with Neck Pain and Back Pain

For the epidural injection, your doctor will inject localized anesthesia and corticosteroids directly into the affected area. The physician will use fluoroscopy and possibly also a contrast dye to guide the needle to the precise spot of pain or injury.

After the procedure, you may experience mild and temporary pain at the injection site. In some cases, one injection is enough to treat your back pain or neck pain, but you may need to have multiple injections at specific intervals if your pain continues.

Interventional Pain Medicine in Washington State and New Mexico

If you feel pain in your lower back, upper back, shoulders, or neck, talk to a doctor about possible treatment options. Our medical providers here at Lynx Healthcare are skilled at providing ongoing pain relief, and they can evaluate your situation and recommend a treatment that will work for you. Everyone’s body is different, but there are many different treatments that work for various ailments.

We have several clinics in Washington State and New Mexico, and you can find a location near you via our online Search feature. You may also reach us today by calling our friendly team at (509) 591-0070 or by filling out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you find a solution to your pain!

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