About nerve Blocks
A nerve block is a type of numbing agent that is administered in certain areas of the joints and spine to temporarily prevent the surrounding nerves from producing pain signals to eliminate the sensation of pain. This minimally invasive treatment is traditionally injected with a fine-gauged needle into the target areas to help manage chronic to severe nerve pain that is caused by advanced age, arthritis, or injury. It can also be used to provide the relief patients need to start or continue physical therapy. If you or your loved one is suffering from constant discomfort in any area of your body, nerve block therapy may be the treatment that can dramatically improve your condition. Contact Tricity Pain Associates in Texas to learn more about nerve blocks and how they can help you. We offer locations all over the great state of Texas to provide convenient pain management care.
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Nerve blocks can be used to diagnose and treat chronic joint, neck, and back pain or discomfort of the upper and lower extremities. Nerve blocks are typically recommended for patients who have tried other forms of treatment, such as anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy without success. You may not be an ideal candidate if you have a bleeding disorder or infection. Nerve blocks are also not recommended for patients who are pregnant.
Types of nerve blocks
Tricity Pain Associates offers several different types of nerve blocks, including:
- Facet Joint Block: This treatment is administered to the upper, mid, or lower back area to numb the facet joints to stop the nerves from transmitting pain signals to prevent discomfort. The facet joints in the spine can become inflamed from certain medical conditions, like arthritis or an injury.
- Transverse Abdominis Plane (TAP) Block: This therapy is injected into the abdominal wall to block nerve signals in the anterior section of the abdomen. An ultrasound may also be incorporated with this treatment to determine accurate placement.
- Stellate Ganglion Block: This treatment is placed in the sympathetic nerve tissue of the neck (stellate ganglion), which is located on either side of the voice box. This nerve block aids in alleviating pain in the head, neck, shoulders, chest, and arms. It can help diagnose and treat symptoms of various medical conditions, such as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, shingles, and complex regional pain syndrome.
- Sympathetic Nerve Block: This treatment differs from traditional nerve blocks as it is used to not only address unwanted pain but to diagnose the source of a patient's discomfort. The sympathetic nervous system is a collection of nerves along the full length of the spine, and this type of block can determine if there is any damage within the nerve chain.
What to Expect
Nerve blocks are safely administered on-site at Tricity Pain Associates and typically only take a few minutes to complete. After your appointment, you will be free to resume your usual activities, but we recommend that you have a responsible adult to accompany you so they can drive you home. Although most patients can walk around with ease after their treatment, for your safety, you should refrain from operating heavy machinery and/or driving for the rest of the day. Nerve blocks provide temporary pain relief, which is why multiple sessions are generally needed to maintain your results. It's important for you to keep a record of how long the nerve block lasts so we can help you schedule follow-up sessions accordingly.
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Dealing with pain is our specialty and if you or a family member are dealing with constant nerve pain, we can provide a variety of options that may help. Reach out to one of our Texas locations today to schedule a private consultation to learn more about nerve blocks. At Tricity Pain Associates, we are committed to helping you discover the right solution for you.