Nerve Blocks at Alliance Orthopedics
Nerve blocks manage or prevent pain by interrupting the communication between the nerves and the brain. They are most commonly used to treat pain in a specific area of the body, such as neck or back pain. Nerve blocks can be performed using various techniques but are often administered through injections.
Types of Nerve Blocks
Different types of nerve blocks may be used depending on the specific condition being treated. Nerve blocks can provide both temporary and long-term relief. Common types of nerve blocks include:
Epidural Nerve Blocks
This type of nerve block is most often used to treat pain in the lower back, legs, and arms. It involves injecting a local anesthetic into the epidural space, which is the area around the spinal cord.
Facet Joint Nerve Blocks
A facet joint nerve block is used to treat pain in the spine’s joints. A local anesthetic is injected into the facet joints to block the nerves that carry pain signals to the brain.
How Nerve Blocks Work
Nerve blocks may be used for surgical procedures, childbirth, and pain management. Nerve blocks are injected into or around the nerve that is causing pain.
During a nerve block procedure, a doctor will use an X-ray to guide the injection needle into a specific area. Once the needle is in place, a local anesthetic or steroid is injected. The medication works by numbing the nerves or reducing inflammation, which helps relieve pain.
What Conditions Can Nerve Blocks Treat?
At Alliance Orthopedics, our team of pain management specialists offers nerve blocks to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Arthritis pain
- Low back pain
- Herniated discs
- Post-surgical pain
In some cases, a nerve block may be used as a diagnostic tool to help identify your source of pain. In addition, if you are experiencing chronic pain, a nerve block may be an effective treatment option for you.