Nerve block injections are one of the most common treatments for pain management. They can provide temporary relief from acute or chronic pain or diagnose the source of pain by measuring a patient’s response to the injection. They can also be used for prognostic purposes to determine the potential effectiveness of a more permanent treatment option such as surgery.
In some cases, nerve blocks can be used to avoid surgery altogether. They are also sometimes used to prevent additional pain from a procedure or surgery that can cause negative side effects, such as phantom limb pain.
Nerve blocks are widely used in many medical settings, from physical therapy to general practitioners and even specialists such as anesthesiologists. The injection is typically a combination of an anesthetic and a steroid, which work together to reduce inflammation and temporarily block nerve pain signals.
When used for pain management, nerve blocks are most effective with other treatments, such as physical therapy and lifestyle changes. Some patients may need a series of nerve blocks to manage their pain.
The effectiveness of nerve blocks depends on the individual, the location of the nerve, and the type of medication used. Before beginning any treatment, it is important to talk to your doctor about your personal health and medical history. Your doctor will be able to provide advice on the best course of treatment for you and any possible side effects.