Nerve block injections


Nerve Block injections involve injection of a nerve-numbing solution into a selective nerve in an attempt to diagnose, treat, and manage pain. The injection includes a steroid (to reduce inflammation) and lidocaine (to reduce pain).

A compressed or inflamed nerve can create shooting pain. Nerve block injections are used to effectively “turn off” such nerves, and thus reduce any associated inflammation. These injections can also be used to determine which nerves are causing pain by allowing the doctor to trace the path of the injected solution through the use of imaging devices. The effect of these injections lasts between one and two weeks and can be repeated as required.

Nerve Block injections can be used to treat an array of chronic pain issues, most commonly back pain. Diabetes patients should monitor their condition after being injected, since these injections could cause an elevation in blood sugar levels. Other side effects may include rash, itching, and weight gain.

Our office offers nerve block injections for spine pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), post-herpetic neuralgia, migraine headaches, causalgia (CRPS/RSD), trigeminal neuralgia, osteoarthritis, lumbago, radiculopathy – cervical, thoracic and lumbar, coccydynia, failed back syndrome, ilioinguinal neuropathygenitofemoral neuropathy and occipital neuralgia.

sources: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=nerveblock

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/nerve-block-for-pain-relief

 

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