A selective nerve root block (also known as a transforaminal epidural injection) is an injection immediately adjacent to a spinal nerve, which your doctor has identified as a possible cause for your symptoms due to irritation or compression. Under X-ray guidance, we will perform a targeted injection of local anesthetic (freezing) and cortisone (steroid) medications into the tissues surrounding the identified nerve. If this nerve is responsible for your symptoms, this injection is expected to diminish inflammation and provide some relief of your symptoms.
This exam is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. It is not currently offered at our Saskatchewan clinics.