Cervical Transforaminal Injection of Steroids
Cervical transforaminal injection of corticosteroids is a treatment for cervical radicular pain in which corticosteroids are delivered into a cervical intervertebral neuroforamen.
Cervical radicular pain affects about one person per 1,000 of population, per year (Radhakrishnan et al. 1994), and is most often caused by a disc herniation or foraminal stenosis. Its natural history can be favorable (Bogduk et al. 1999), but not all patients recover naturally. For relieving cervical radicular pain, conservative therapy, typically including graduated exercise and oral analgesics, is supported only by observational studies, which have not controlled for natural history or nonspecific effects of treatment. The controlled studies that have been conducted have shown no significant benefit for traction or exercises (British Association of Physical Medicine 1966;...
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