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Nerve Block

What is a Nerve Block?
A nerve block is an anesthetic or anti-inflammatory injection targeted toward a certain nerve or group of nerves to treat pain. The purpose of the injection is to "turn Off " a pain signal coming from a specific location in the body or to decrease inflammation in that area.

Imaging guidance, such as fluoroscopy or computed tomography (CT or "CAT" scan), may be used to help the doctor place the needle in exactly the right location so That the patient can receive maximum benefit from the injection.

Why should I do it?
People who suffer from either acute or chronic pain might have a nerve block injection to achieve temporary pain relief. Often, such pain originates from the spine, But other areas commonly affected include the neck, buttocks, legs and arms. Any preparations needed?

  • Usually, no special preparation is required prior to arrival for a nerve block procedure.
  • You will probably be asked to use the restroom before the procedure.
  • You will then be positioned on your stomach or side on a special fluoroscopic or CT table that will give the doctor easy access to the injection site(s). The Nurse will help to make you as comfortable as possible, both during and after the procedure