A nerve block offers temporary relief from pain and can help your doctor diagnose a difficult-to-pin-down condition. The specialists at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain offer nerve blocks at the six locations in North and South Carolina as an option to reduce or eliminate pain caused by compressed or damaged nerves. To learn more about how a nerve block can help you manage your pain, call or book an appointment online today.
When you have pain in a specific region of your body due to a group, or bundle, of inflamed nerves, a nerve block can help. Your pain management specialist injects a local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication into the inflamed area to relieve pain and, in some cases, even promote healing.
In addition to helping reduce or relieve your immediate pain, a nerve block may help you avoid surgery and feel well enough to take an active role in your physical recovery.
The team at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain use nerve blocks for a number of pain conditions, including:
Your doctor may also use the nerve block to help identify the source of your pain and determine the best treatment to provide long-term relief.
Prior to your injection, your doctor at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain administers mild sedation to make you feel drowsy during the procedure and a local anesthetic to numb the area that will receive the injection. They use fluoroscopy, a special type of X-ray, to determine the specific point of injection in your spinal area.
Your doctor then administers the nerve block via injection. After the injection, you wait a short time to ensure the nerve block takes effect. You can usually go home the same day, but you will need to arrange for someone to drive you.
Each person responds differently to the effects of a nerve block, and the resulting pain relief can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. You may need just one injection, or you may need several, depending on the severity, location, and nature of your pain.
To learn more about nerve blocks and their potential to reduce your pain, call the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain or book an appointment online.