The pain management specialists at DFW Spine Institute, Specializing in Laser, are dedicated to helping patients in the Dallas – Fort Worth area find relief from pain. We offer several types of nerve block procedures that can improve mobility and alleviate pain in the back, neck, legs, shoulders, and arms.

What Is a Nerve Block?

A nerve block is a term used to describe an injection of pain medicine used to block pain signals from a specific group of nerves. A nerve block, or nerve root block, is a non-surgical procedure that can provide temporary relief for a variety of pain symptoms. Nerve blocks can be used in conjunction with other treatments or as a primary treatment for patients who are not candidates for surgical approaches. Nerve blocks may also be used in a diagnostic manner to help determine the source of pain, or as part of a prognostic plan to help predict if more invasive treatments would be successful.

Types of Nerve Blocks

Epidural Nerve Block
An epidural nerve block is an injection of a corticosteroid medication intended to reduce inflammation and ease pain that may be caused by sciatica, spinal stenosis, a pinched nerve, or herniated disc.

Cervical Epidural Nerve Block
An epidural nerve block delivered into the epidural space in the cervical area of the spine to relieve neck pain.

Thoracic Epidural Nerve Block
An epidural nerve block delivered into the epidural space in the thoracic area of the spine to relieve upper to mid-back pain.

Lumbar Epidural Nerve Block
An epidural nerve block delivered into the epidural space in the lumbar area of the spine to relieve lower back pain.

Selective Nerve Root Block (SNRB)
An SNRB is often used as a diagnostic tool to help your doctor find the specific cause of neuropathic pain, and may also be used to treat certain types of lower back pain.

Facet Joint Block
A nerve block administered to a facet joint, located between vertebrae, can be used to ease pain caused by spinal osteoarthritis, facet arthritis or facet joint syndrome.

Sacroiliac Joint Block Injection
A sacroiliac joint block is an injection administered to the sacroiliac, or SI, joint and is used to treat or diagnose sacroiliac joint dysfunction which can cause low back pain.

Cervical Plexus Block
A cervical plexus block may be used to alleviate certain types of neck pain.

Cervical Paravertebral Block
A paravertebral block can be administered to relieve shoulder pain.

Brachial Plexus Block
A brachial plexus block may be utilized to treat arm pain.

Lumbar Plexus Block
A lumbar plexus block is an advanced nerve block that may be used to treat leg pain.

What to Expect During the Nerve Block Procedure

All nerve blocks are non-surgical outpatient treatments, but the exact procedure may vary depending on the type and location of the nerve block. You may be given a sedative medication to help you relax prior to your nerve block. A type of x-ray called fluoroscopy is typically used to help the surgeon visualize the area where the nerve block is being performed. Your DFW Spine surgeon will carefully and strategically administer the injection to the proper area.

Nerve Block Results and Recovery

Patient response to a nerve block can vary based on pre-existing conditions and the types of pain being treated. Some patients feel immediate relief from a nerve block, while some patients may require a series of injections to ease pain. You may experience mild soreness at the injection site, but this is temporary and can be relieved with ice or pain medication. Patients typically experience a lessening of pain in the week after the injection as the anti-inflammatory aspect of the nerve block begins to work. The length of time that the nerve block is effective will vary. Nerve block injections may be repeated up to six times in one year.

Am I A Candidate For A Nerve Block?

If you suffer from pain that has not responded to other therapies, then a nerve block may be able to provide relief and restore function. Some conditions that may be treated with a nerve block include degenerative disc disease, facet joint disease, herniated disc, osteoarthritis, spinal arthritis, sciatica, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and pinched nerves. The best way to learn if a nerve block may be right for you is to schedule a consultation with an experienced surgeon at DFW Spine Institute.

If you have any questions about nerve block procedures, contact the DFW Spine Institute to speak with one of our specialists or schedule a consultation.

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