Spinal nerve blocks are an effective, nonsurgical method for alleviating chronic pain caused by spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or neuropathic pain related to damage or dysfunction. Additionally, they may be used to identify and diagnose the cause of chronic pain. By applying a nerve block, pain management physicians or physiatrists can isolate the exact cause of pain.
During the procedure, a needle is inserted into the affected nerve area (foramen-the space between vertebral bodies.) Solutions containing lidocaine and steroids are administered to reduce pain and inflammation. This procedure is applied to the cervical (neck), thoracic (chest), or lumbar (back) regions of the spine. The physician may utilize a fluoroscope to guide the procedure and ensure correct placement of the needle. After the solution is applied to the irritated or compressed nerve(s), relief is generally experienced within 2 days. This procedure may be performed as many as three times per year. Often times, this procedure is performed in collaboration with other therapeutic techniques to produce long-lasting results.
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