Nerve Blocks

A nerve block works by preventing pain signals from reaching the brain.

What Are Nerve Blocks?

Pain Points Treatable With Nerve Blocks

Nerve blocks are an effective interventional pain management technique used to improve quality of life and assist patients with managing their pain. Nerve blocks prevent pain signals from reaching the brain by disrupting pain signaling around the body. To administer a nerve block, your doctor will inject an anti-inflammatory medication, local anesthetic, or a combination of both, around a particular nerve or a group of nerve endings to provide short-term or long-term pain relief to the patient.

The Benefits of Nerve Blocks

Nerve blocks have many benefits and can be used in a variety of different circumstances to provide both short-term and long-term pain relief. Offering highly effective, immediate pain relief, nerve blocks provide patients a number of benefits.

  • Alternative to addictive opioid medications.
  • Manage chronic pain to improve quality of life.
  • Relief from temporary pain such as labor and delivery pains during childbirth, as well as pain experienced during or after different surgeries.
  • Effective means of diagnosing nerve issues.

Types of Nerve Block Treatments

There are a number of different nerve block treatments available, depending on the patient’s overall health and the condition being treated. While some nerve blocks are designed to provide temporary pain relief, others offer a permanent solution. The type of nerve block used will depend on the type of medication that the nerve block utilizes.

There are two primary types of nerve blocks:

Nonsurgial and surgical.

Nerve Graphic

Nonsurgical Nerve Blocks

Nonsurgical nerve blocks are used to provide temporary pain relief. These are typically used as an anesthetic or to give patients short-term respite from pain. Some different types of nonsurgical nerve blocks include:

  • Epidural
  • Spinal Anesthesia
  • Spinal Analgesia
  • Sympathetic Blockade
  • Peripheral Nerve Blockade

Surgical Nerve Blocks

When permanent pain relief is required to treat chronic, debilitating pain, surgical nerve blocks are used. Surgical nerve blocks work by destroying or damaging specific nerve cells to provide permanent pain relief. Some examples are:

  • Rhizotomy
  • Sympathetic Blockade
  • Neurectomy

Types Of Pain We Can Treat with Nerve Blocks

Here at Saguaro Pain Clinic, we have successfully used nerve blocks to help countless patients with pain relief and pain management. Below are just some types of pain that nerve blocks can be used to treat:

  • Labor or childbirth pains
  • Pain experienced before, during, or post-surgery.
  • Pain related to cancer.
  • Arthritic pain.
  • Sciatica or lower back pain.
  • Migraines and tension headaches.
  • Chronic regional pain.
  • Neck and spinal pain from herniated disks.
  • Phantom pain post-amputation.
  • Pain after shingles.
  • Blood vessel spasm pain.

Nerve blocks are a highly effective means of treating both acute and chronic pain. A nerve block injection can help patients to enjoy be more comfortable, pain-free and enjoy a better quality of life. Our team at Saguaro Pain Clinic can help you to choose the right type of nerve block for you to manage your pain effectively and get back your life back to normal as soon as possible.

Get in touch with our team at Saguaro Pain Clinic today to learn how nerve block treatment can help you to enjoy a healthy, pain-free life moving forward.

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