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Ryan Peterson, MD

Dr. Ryan Peterson

Cervical Epidural Injection to Treat Radiculopathy

What is Cervical Radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy is the medical term for a disease of a nerve root, typically caused by pinching, or from a tumor. Cervical Radiculopathy refers to pain caused by a pinched or irritated nerve in the neck, which then results in radiating pain into the chest or your arm.

What Causes Cervical Radiculopathy?

Pinched or irritated nerves in the neck are responsible for radiating pain felt by men and women in their chest or arms. Common causes of radiating pain in your chest or arms is often the result of: degenerative disc disease, spinal arthritis, osteoarthritis, compression factures, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, herniated disc. Other causes of Cervical Radiculopathy may be attributed to obesity, poor posture, aging, improper technique when lifting items, overuse/repetitive motions, or a family history of degeneration of the bones.

What is a Cervical Epidural Injection?

A Cervical Epidural Injection may also be called a Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection or CESI. It is a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy offered by Los Angeles Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Ryan Peterson. In this pain management treatment, Dr. Peterson will inject a small amount of anti-inflammatory medication into the epidural space near your spine. This will reduce irritation and inflammation that is responsible for the shooting pain in your arms or chest.

How Many CESI Injections Do I Need?

Typically, men and women suffering from shooting pain in the chest or arms, due to a pinched, damaged, or irritated nerve, will benefit from at least two steroid injections into the epidural space. The relief from pain after a Cervical Epidural Injection is typically felt within just a few days.

How Long Should I Wait to See a Doctor for Radiating Pain in My Chest and Arms?

Nerves can become pinched and irritated through seemingly innocuous activities. However, if you have lasting, radiating pain in your arms or chest, and/or weakness in your arm that persists, you need to see a physician as soon as possible to rule out serious conditions. Radiating pain in your arms and chest can be incredibly disruptive to your life, so it's best to have the pain diagnosed by a Pain Management Specialist in Los Angeles, as soon as possible.

Cervical Epidural Injections to treat Radiculopathy are non-invasive, non-surgical outpatient procedures, with a low risk of side effects. Contact San Fernando Valley Pain Management Specialist Dr. Ryan Peterson today to schedule a consultation. We can be reached at 818-501-2001.