Nerve blocks are interventional pain management techniques that have become part of the treatment for many people who are in severe pain. Nerve blocks are injections of local anesthetic and steroids directly into the nerve that is generating the pain signals. Pain block injections can help with pain control and improve function and quality of life. The goal is to help people avoid surgery and take a more active role in their therapy.
If you hate the idea of needles and injections, consider that most patients tolerate pain blocks quite easily and the benefits, including fast pain relief for many patients (but not all), are well worth the temporary discomfort from the injection. Pain is a very personal perception and everyone responds differently to treatment.
Those who have had chronic pain for 10 or more years may have multiple pain generators from different body structures. Their pain can come from more than one joint or nerve. The sooner they receive pain block injections, the better the results. We typically combine injections with other forms of treatment such as physical therapy to improve the odds of getting better.
According to your medical history, you may be able to repeat the procedure from three to six times during a 12-month period. Your doctor will determine the exact number of injections that you can receive. The goal of nerve block injections is to decrease pain while improving function. There are many different kinds of pain block injections, also known as nerve blocks. If you suffer from back pain, for example, the following injections may provide relief:
- Epidural steroids
- Facet joint block
- Facet rhizotomy
- Sacroiliac joint block
- Selective nerve root block (SNRB)
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