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Nerve Blocks

What are Nerve Blocks?

Nerve blocks are a type of pain management procedure that is minimally invasive. During the procedure, medications are used to target nerves or nerve clusters. The goal of the procedure is to temporarily halt or "block" the transmission of pain signals along the nerve pathway, which results in effective and localized pain relief.

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How Do Nerve Blocks Work?

Dr. Nairn performs a nerve block procedure using fluoroscopy or ultrasound to guide the needle precisely to the targeted nerve. Once the needle is positioned accurately, a combination of medications, including local anesthetics and corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory drugs), is injected near the nerve. The local anesthetic immediately relieves pain, and the corticosteroid provides long-lasting anti-inflammatory effects.

Nerve blocks effectively manage chronic pain conditions related to nerve compression, irritation, or injury by blocking the pain signals along the nerve.

Types of Nerve Blocks:

There are various types of nerve blocks, each tailored to target specific nerves and conditions. We offer:

Celiac Plexus Block

Cervical Medial Branch Block

Ganglion Impar Block

Lumbar Medial Branch Block

Occipital Nerve Block

Spinal Nerve Block

Stellate Ganglion Block

Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block

Sympathetic Nerve Block

Thoracic Medial Branch Block

Advantages of Nerve Blocks

Nerve blocks are a precise method for relieving pain by targeting the specific nerves that cause it. They are minimally invasive outpatient procedures that use a tiny needle. Patients can resume normal activities shortly after the procedure, as the recovery time is short. Nerve blocks are also practical diagnostic tools that can confirm the source of pain and guide subsequent treatments.

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The Nerve Block Procedure:

At Pain Solutions, our experienced pain specialists will guide you through the nerve block procedure by:

1. Conducting a thorough evaluation of your medical history and pain condition.

2. Using imaging techniques to locate the targeted nerve with precision.

3. Administering the nerve block, which provides immediate relief and anti-inflammatory effects.

4. Monitoring your response to the nerve block and providing any necessary follow-up care to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.
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Conditions Treated with Nerve Blocks:

Nerve blocks are effective for a wide range of conditions, including:

Sciatica: Nerve blocks can alleviate pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.

Neck and Back Pain: Nerve blocks target the specific nerves responsible for neck and back pain, such as facet joint pain.

CRPS: Sympathetic nerve blocks can help manage the severe pain associated with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Headaches: Nerve blocks can be beneficial for certain types of headaches, such as occipital neuralgia and migraines.

Trauma: Stellate Ganglion Blocks are an effective treatment for various forms of trauma, including: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Long-Covid, and more.

If you're experiencing nerve-related pain and seeking relief, a nerve block may be the right option. At Pain Solutions, our pain specialists are dedicated to using advanced techniques and personalized care to address your chronic pain. Call and
book a consultation today.

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