Nerve Blocks

What are Nerve Blocks?

A nerve block is a steroidal medication injected into a group of nerves to block pain signals. The block may contain a local anesthetic to interrupt the transmission of pain signals, and steroid medication to reduce inflammation surrounding the injured area.

Common Conditions

Including migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, cervicogenic headaches caused by spinal issues
Painful, shock-like sensations caused by a damaged nerve.
May be caused by complex regional pain syndrome. See Dual Sympathetic Blocks below for more information.

May be caused by neuropathy or sciatica.

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What are the Benefits?

  • Minimally-Invasive
  • Reduced Pain
  • Improved Mobility

Nerve blocks are considered minimally-invasive because they do not require incisions or extended recovery windows.

By interrupting the transmission of pain signals from the affected nerves to the brain, a nerve block can help reduce pain and discomfort.

By reducing pain, nerve blocks may improve mobility and range of motion.

Types of Nerve Blocks

Occipital nerves are located in the back of the head, just beneath the scalp. This type of nerve block may be administered to treat neuralgia and cervicogenic headaches.
Administered for chronic knee pain. This treatment is injected into the Genicular nerves around the knee joint.
Administered for chest and upper abdominal pain. The block is injected into the intercostal nerve located between the ribs. May also be used to treat pain related to shingles.
Injected into the abdomen to relieve abdominal pain.
Administered for pain in the lower back or lower extremities. The block is injected into the lower back.
Administered to reset the sympathetic nervous system to block sympathetic nerves in the lower extremities. The block is injected into the Stellate Ganglion Nerve bundle in the neck.
By reducing inflammation, trigger point injections may offer significant relief from pain and discomfort.
Injected into the tailbone area to relieve pelvic and tailbone pain.
Injected at the base of the spine where the sacrum and tailbone meet to relieve pain in the lower back and buttocks.
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What to Expect

During Treatment

Nerve blocks are quick and efficient outpatient procedures.

X-ray technology is used to precisely guide the injection into the nerves.

After Treatment

You may experience some soreness around the injection site up to 48 hours following your procedure.

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Common Questions

Does the procedure hurt?

You may feel some discomfort from the injection. If you are worried, you can speak to your doctor about anesthetic and/or numbing options.

What are some, if any, common side effects?

Side effects are rare. But some patients do experience: dizziness, bruising and tenderness around the injection site, and allergic reactions to the block.

How long will the nerve block last?

The duration of the nerve block’s effects vary depending on the individual.

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