Peripheral Nerve Block

Summary of Procedure: Peripheral Nerve Block

Peripheral nerve blocks are used as both diagnostic tools and interventional therapies for patients experiencing headaches, neuropathy, pelvic pain, and other ailments. If following the procedure, a patient experiences significant pain relief, a physician can assume they successfully determined the source of pain.

Firstly, the physician administers a local anesthetic injection to numb the area. Then, a needle with a combination of an anesthetic and a steroid is injected into the affected nerves. This injection prevents nerves from signaling pain to the brain.

Patients may feel slight pressure during this time, but should not feel pain-due to the local anesthetic that was used. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes.

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What to Expect Post-Procedure of a Peripheral Nerve Block

Most patients experience initial pain relief after the procedure, due to the local anesthetic. Some pain may gradually return as the anesthetic wears off over time. Rest is advised for 24 hours post-procedure. Patients may return to work as soon as they feel comfortable, but rigorous activities are prohibited for a few days post-procedure.

The steroid solution should allow the patient temporary pain relief for up to a few days following the injection. Peripheral nerve blocks are not permanent pain solutions, therefore, if necessary, they may be repeated. If redness, rash, fever, or any sign of an infection persists, please contact your physician immediately to be evaluated.

Are you interested in peripheral nerve blocks to help to manage your pain? Call Carolina Spine and Pain Centers today to figure out if this treatment is right for you. We have several offices located throughout South Carolina. You can get in touch with us by calling 864-535-0144 or by filling out an appointment request form on our contact page.

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