Nerve Blocks Overview
A nerve block is an injection of an anesthetic, and often a steroid, into an irritated area to help control or numb persistent pain, especially in the case of a pinched nerve. This can be done as an outpatient procedure. For many, nerve blocks offer a treatment options for considerable pain relief without surgery.
The specific injection location of any patient receiving a medicated nerve block depends on the condition that is causing their pain. Some of the more common locations for a nerve block are the neck, back, shoulder, hand or wrist but it can be in other joints or problem locations too.
Advantages of Conservative Treatment
- Less expensive then surgery
- Little to no recovery
- No incisions or scarring
- No long term effects
- Done during an office visit
- Best used before considering surgery
- Immediate results
Conditions Treated with Nerve Blocks
Some of the more common locations for a nerve block are the neck, back, shoulder, hand or wrist but it can be in other joints or problem locations too.
- Joint and Muscle Pain
Sports, arthritis and wear and tear are often to blame for painful joints. An accurate diagnosis and proper care can provide relief to these painful areas.
- Facet Joint Syndrome
Facet joint syndrome can develop when spinal discs become weak or degenerated and place more stress on the facet joints, the joints between two vertebrae that allow them to work in unison to provide motion.