Prior to my surgery about three months prior, they tried steriod injection. Basically its cortisone that is injected into the epidural space where the problem is happening. Mine was c4-5. Its done in the OR with an anesthesiologist. The procedure took about two minutes however I was at the hospital for three hours waiting. Prior to having the injection, they gave me versed. This barely worked and I remember the whole thing, but you could probably ask for more. The injection wasn't that painful until after. When they were finished they gave me a demerol injection and I was released with a driver. The first three days it hurt the worse, I felt alot of pressure in my spine. Overall, its not too bad, it just didn't work for me. However I hear that some people respond very well to the injections. Hope it works well for you.