Epidural steroid injections are generally very safe, but there are some rare potential complications. One of the most common risks is for the needle to go too deep and cause a hole in the dura, the tissue that surrounds the spinal cord and nerve roots. When this occurs spinal fluid can leak out through the hole and cause a headache . This headache can be treated with bedrest, or with a blood patch. A blood patch involves drawing some blood from the vein and the injecting it over the hole in the dura. The blood forms a seal over the hole and prevents any further fluid from leaking out.
Tightness from years of poor positioning - sway slouching neck forward and also pulling the neck and head inward thinking that is "standing up straight" can press the same nerves mimicking nerve impingement and disc pain. A degenerating disc is not a disease, but a simple, mechanical injury that can heal, if you stop grinding it, shearing your neck bones, and physically pushing the disc out of place with unhealthy habits. Left drawing above - side view of normal disc between two vertebrae. Right - disc pushed out (herniated) from bad bending habits. Lift and bend properly to avoid damaging your discs. Sitting, standing, and living with your neck and head forward can eventually shear the cervical (neck) discs on the bone making small tears, and push them out of place. Why Strengthening does Not Work to stop This Kind Of Neck pain. It is not a matter of strengthening muscles to stop pain. Strength does not make you sit or move in healthy ways.
A cervical herniated disc is diagnosed when the inner core of a disc in the neck herniates, or leaks out of the disc, and presses on an adjacent nerve root. It usually develops in the 30-to-50-year-old age group. While a cervical herniated disc may originate from some sort of trauma or neck injury, the symptoms commonly start spontaneously. See, what's a herniated Disc, pinched Nerve, bulging Disc? Save, watch: Cervical Herniated Disc Video, the arm pain from a cervical herniated disc results because the herniated disc material pinches or presses on a cervical nerve, causing pain to radiate along the nerve pathway down the arm. Along with the arm pain, numbness and tingling can home be present down the arm and into the fingertips. Muscle weakness may also be present.