When you suffer with chronic pain, it affects the quality of your life and can be debilitating.
Nerve blocks are used to manage and treat chronic pain giving you back your quality of life.
A group of nerves, called a plexus or ganglion, that causes pain to a specific organ or body region, can be blocked with the injection of medication into a specific area of the body. A spinal nerve block injects this nerve-numbing substance into the spine.
When Is This Procedure Conducted?
A spinal nerve block is performed if you suffer from either acute or chronic pain to provide you with temporary pain relief. It also allows time for the damaged nerve to heal itself from a constant state of irritation.
A spinal nerve block also assists the doctor in determining the cause or source of your pain.
How Does This Procedure Work?
Nerve blocks usually take only minutes to administer.
The interventional radiologist will identify the site where the needle is to be placed, using palpitation and/or imaging guidance.
The medication delivered by the injection will be placed as close to the nerve causing the pain as possible. It will then “shut down” the pain receptors within the nerve(s) causing the problem.
The effects of the injection are usually immediate. It only takes a short time for the medication to achieve pain relief.
How Will I Feel After The Procedure?
You will immediately experience pain relief in the area that has been injected.
The lasting effects will vary from person to person, but typically last up to one to two weeks or even permanently in some cases.
How Successful Is Spinal Nerve Blocks?
Spinal nerve blocks are a highly successful procedure and will provide you with immediate pain relief.
However, lasting effects are generally temporary and last up to one to two weeks and wear off as your body absorbs the medication.
Some patients require several nerve blocks before they feel a more permanent sense of pain relief.
Summary of Benefits of Spinal Nerve Blocks
- Immediate pain relief
- Temporary reduction of inflammation in the region of the spine causing pain
- May help the doctor identify a more specific cause of pain
- Provides with you with a better quality of life; ability to function in daily life without the restrictions previously caused by pain