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Cervical nerve root block. Radiology Spine Injection Doctors. Nerve root block. Your doctor thinks a bulging disc is touching your nerve and is a cause of your pain. Nerve. Disc. Nerve root block.

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Cervical nerve root block
Cervical nerve root block

Radiology Spine Injection Doctors

Nerve root block
Nerve root block

  • Your doctor thinks a bulging disc is touching your nerve and is a cause of your pain.



Nerve root block1
Nerve root block

  • Radiology Spine Injection Doctors can inject around the nerve at its root & often ‘block’ the pain

Inject next to nerve

Before the injection
Before the Injection

  • Let your doctor know if you are taking an anticoagulant or blood thinner

  • Bring someone who can drive you home; some people can feel weak in the arm after the procedure

Day of the injection
Day of the injection

  • Report to the Radiology Department in UW Hospital at G3/3 (Atrium elevators to the 3rd floor)

  • If you have a MRI or CT of the spine from another hospital, bring it with you

Nerve root block2
Nerve root block

  • The procedure will be described to you by a radiologist, and you can ask questions


  • Takes about 45 minutes

  • You will lie on you back and a fine needle will be placed in your neck to inject medication next to the nerve root

  • Medications are Lidocaine (to numb the area) and Corticosteroid (to reduce inflammation)

Possible complications
Possible complications

  • complications are rare

Radiology injection room

Possible complications1
Possible complications

For 1-2 days after the procedure, some patients have had:

  • temporary worsening of neck or arm pain

  • redness and flushing around the face

  • fluid gain which could cause breathing difficulty (if you have heart problems)

  • higher blood sugars (if you are diabetic)

After the injection
After the injection

  • Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours

  • Take your usual medicines for neck pain

  • You will be given a phone number to call if any drainage, swelling, or increased pain at the injection site