Nerve Root Injections

At each level in the spine a nerve passes out to supply the arms, legs and trunk with sensation and muscle power. The nerve may become irritated or compressed causing pain, loss of sensation or weakness of the arm or leg.

A Nerve Root Injection is a steroid injection into the nerve root and may help relieve your symptoms.

Your referring Doctor may want you to have this procedure for one of the following reasons:

  • Nerve root compression or irritation due to disc herniation or bulge
  • Nerve root compression due to bony spurs
  • Nerve roots affected by post-operative scarring
  • As a diagnostic indicator if the exact site of nerve compression is uncertain – e.g. if more than 1 possible site.

HOW DO I PREPARE?

Please arrive early for your exam as you will be asked to complete a questionnaire.

It’s a good idea to dress in a separate top and bottoms, as this makes accessing the area we need access to easier.

Please bring a friend along to drive you home after the appointment, or arrange to get a taxi home.

Technology and Team

Nerve Root Injections are performed using CT guidance.

The injection is delivered by one of our specially trained Radiologists.

Radiologists, Radiographers and our Nurses work together to deliver this service. Due to the number of people involved, this is why we ask you travel to one of our hospital or comprehensive sites for this imaging procedure.

What happens during my examination?

Your Radiographer will explain exactly what will happen during your procedure. It may vary slightly from what we describe below, so don’t worry if this is the case, you’ll always be in very good hands.

On entering the CT room, you will be introduced to the Radiologist and nurse who will be administering the injection. You will be asked to lie or sit on the CT bed. We’ll clean the site with antiseptic before the procedure. If required, you will be given a local anaesthetic.

Our Radiologist will then insert a needle using the guidance of CT imaging. This is to ensure the needle is positioned correctly.

The injection usually contains a steroid injection and long acting anaesthetic. The type of which is decided by the Radiologist on the day and is discussed with you.

Throughout the procedure, the Radiologist will talk to you about what they’re doing. They will leave the room and come back several times as they review the images on a screen outside of the room.

The injection takes a few minutes, during which time you may feel some minor pressure or discomfort. We’ll do our very best to keep this to a minimum and keep you comfortable.

The procedure will last around 15 minutes. At the end of the examination, you will be asked to sit in the practice waiting room, before we allow you to go home.

The pain relief gained from this procedure can take a few weeks to work. It typically lasts between 3-6 months.

AFTER YOUR EXAMINATION

A report on the procedure and images will be sent directly to your referring Doctor. Please ensure you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.

Please bring a friend along to drive you home after the appointment, or arrange to get a taxi home.

COST

The cost of your procedure will depend on various factors. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.

Locations providing this service

189 Lake Street

189 Lake Street,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Bayside

16 Weippin Street (Opposite Redland Hospital) Cleveland, QLD, 4163

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Beenleigh

105 City Road,
Beenleigh, QLD, 4207

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Bowen Hills

Bowen Hills Medical Specialist Centre
Suite 3, 16 Thompson Street
Bowen Hills, QLD, 4006

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Browns Plains

14 Grand Plaza Drive,
Browns Plains, QLD, 4118

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Cairns Private Hospital

144 Lake Street,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Capalaba

Ground Floor,
Rickey Street,
Capalaba, QLD, 4157

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Cleveland

43 Wynyard Street,
Cleveland, QLD, 4163

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Coorparoo

342 Old Cleveland Road,
Coorparoo, QLD, 4151

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Douglas Discovery Rise

Clinical Practice Building,
James Cook Drive (cnr Mt Stuart Street),
Douglas, QLD, 4814

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Gold Coast Airport Central

Airport Central, 1 Eastern Avenue, Bilinga, QLD, 4225

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Gold Coast Private Hospital

Ground Floor, 14 Hill Street, Southport, QLD, 4215

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Greenslopes Private Hospital

Lower Lobby Level,
Newdegate Street,
Greenslopes, QLD, 4120

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Helensvale

GC North Medical Hub
Helensvale Homeworld
Tenancy 78, First Floor
502 Hope Island Road
Helensvale QLD 4212

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Loganholme

62 Bryants Road,
Loganholme, QLD, 4129

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Market Square

Ground Floor, 309 Mains Road
(Cnr Elva Street)
Sunnybank, Qld, 4109

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Mater Hospital Brisbane

4th Floor, 32 Raymond Terrace,
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

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Mater Private Hospital Hyde Park

9-13 Bayswater Road,
Hyde Park, QLD, 4812

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Mater Private Hospital Mackay

76 Willetts Road,
North Mackay, QLD, 4740

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Mater Private Hospital Pimlico

Fulham Road,
Pimlico, QLD, 4812

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Mater Private Hospital South Brisbane

301 Vulture Street,
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

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Mater Private Hospital Springfield

30 Health Care Drive,
Springfield Central, QLD, 4300

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Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital

Cnr of Kessels and Troughton Roads,
Coopers Plains, QLD, 4108

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Russell Street

127 Russell Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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Southport

128 Queen Street ,
Southport, QLD 4215

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St Andrew’s Hospital Toowoomba

280 North Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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St Vincent’s Hospital Brisbane

411 Main Street,
Kangaroo Point, QLD, 4169

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St Vincent’s Hospital Toowoomba

Scott Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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Sunnybank Private Hospital

Level 1, Sunnybank Private Medical Centre
245 McCullough Street,
Sunnybank, QLD, 4109

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Taringa Westside Private Hospital

32 Morrow Street, Taringa, QLD, 4068

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Upper Mount Gravatt

Ground Floor,
1985 Logan Road,
Upper Mount Gravatt, QLD, 4122

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Westcourt

318 Mulgrave Road,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Wynnum

101 Clara Street,
Wynnum, QLD, 4178

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