If you have persistent back or neck pain, a nerve block can provide almost instant relief. At Pain Management Specialists, board-certified interventional pain management physicians Stuart Hough, MD, and Ramani Peruvemba, MD, use nerve blocks at their Rockville and Frederick, Maryland, locations to identify the source of nerve pain in your back and provide temporary relief. To find out more about how nerve block injections could ease your discomfort, call Pain Management Specialists today or book an appointment online.
Nerve blocks are injections of numbing agents (local anesthetics) near nerves to relieve pain caused by pinched or damaged nerves. They may also be used as diagnostic tools to localize the nerve or nerves that are carrying pain signals. The Pain Management Specialists team uses nerve blocks to treat nerve pain in many parts of the body, including your:
Nerve blocks are often used to treat pain that may result from nerve damage during surgery.
You might need nerve blocks if you have a condition such as:
These conditions are generally treatable using conservative methods such as physical therapies, chiropractic, and medication. However, if your pain isn't improving, nerve blocks may be an important part of treatment.
Conditions like nerve injury that are incurable and steadily worsen over time often reach a stage where interventions like cortisone injections are the only way to manage the pain.
The Pain Management Specialists team has considerable experience in performing a range of nerve blocks, so you're in good hands. First, they clean the skin around the injection site, and then numb the skin with a thin needle and local anesthetic.
It’s important to ensure the needle gets close to the exact nerve where it can do the most good. The team uses either fluoroscopy or ultrasound technology to provide images of the inside of your body and guide the needle.
Once the needle is in the right place, your provider delivers local anesthetic, often mixed with a steroid to extend the duration of pain relief.
Typically relief from a nerve block will be experienced within 5-10 minutes. Along with pain relief, you may experience an area of numbness or weakness, depending on the location of the nerve block. Some patients experience relief that lasts for months.
Nerve blocks are generally safe when performed by experienced doctors. Short term side effects may include numbness and weakness, while allergies and severe reactions to the injected medications are rare. However, in the expert hands of your Pain Management Specialists provider, cortisone injections are both effective and safe.
Generally, nerve blocks may be repeated as needed, but practically speaking, one would expect at least a few weeks of relief to justify repeating nerve blocks. If relief does not last that long, it may be worth considering neuromodulation or surgery, if your condition is amenable to these.
To find out more about nerve blocks and how they can relieve your pain, call Pain Management Specialists today or book an appointment online.