Nerve blocks temporarily deactivate nerve signals, which stops your pain almost immediately. At Michigan Advanced Surgical Center, PLLC, board-certified specialist Martin Quiroga, DO, and the team perform nerve blocks to diagnose and treat many types of chronic pain. Call the Warren, Michigan, office today.
Nerve blocks are injections that Michigan Advanced Surgical Center, PLLC, uses for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain. A nerve block injection usually contains an anesthetic for numbing and an anti-inflammatory (steroid) medication to minimize inflammation.
Nerve blocks can go into one specific nerve or into a group of nerves. The team typically uses advanced imaging (fluoroscopy) to place the nerve block precisely where you need it.
There are many different types of nerve blocks, such as:
Your type of nerve block depends on which nerves cause your chronic pain and their location in your body.
You might need a nerve block for diagnostic purposes, treatment of chronic pain, or both. When used for diagnosis, a nerve block can pinpoint the nerve causing your pain and determine the best treatment path.
When used for treatment, a nerve block deactivates pain signals and reduces inflammation so your body can heal. A nerve block can also make the physical therapy process more comfortable.
Some common reasons for nerve blocks for diagnosis, treatment, or both include:
A nerve block is usually just one component of a diagnosis and treatment plan for chronic pain rather than a permanent solution on its own.
For example, many people who are potential candidates for radiofrequency ablation have a diagnostic nerve block first, as this can help to predict whether radiofrequency ablation is a good fit for long-term pain management.
Or, a nerve block could verify exactly which nerve causes the problems, so you can then consider specific solutions for long-term pain management, such as a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) or peripheral nerve stimulator.
Nerve block results are immediate. The pain relief can last from a few days up to a couple of weeks. It's generally not a long-term solution, but a nerve block can allow your body the break it needs to recover from an injury, which, in turn, can give you long-term pain relief.
To learn more about nerve blocks and their role in a chronic pain management plan, call Michigan Advanced Surgical Center, PLLC.