A nerve block is a procedure where anti-inflammatory medication is injected at a specific nerve root, in order to diagnose and treat upper back, neck, shoulder, and arm pain.
Frequently Asked Questions?
How do I know if I have nerve root pain?
If you have pain in your upper back or neck when you move your head, or if the pain moves to your arm when you move your neck or head. Typically to find out if you have these root pains, an x-ray can be performed to show disc bulges and nerve compression.
A nerve block injection can provide relief to the disc problem and/or root inflammation.
What happens during a nerve block injection?
A local anesthetic will be used to numb the inflamed area. the doctor will insert the needle into the affected area and insert the medicine to relieve pain.
How long can I expect pain relief?
The duration of the pain can depend on the number of disc, or root inflammation. Occasionally, the injection can bring you relief for several months, then further treatment may be needed. On the other hand, a single injection can bring you long term pain relief.