How Can a Nerve Block Help You with Pain?
There are many different types of pain management techniques which have varying possibilities for success, depending upon the pain that is being experienced. One of the options that may be available for a wide variety of painful difficulties is a nerve block. Depending upon the type of nerve block that is being given and its location, it may be able to help with varying degrees of pain that can be experienced in different areas of the body.
In many cases, a nerve block is going to be suggested when you have a group of nerves (ganglion) that is resulting in pain in a specific area of the body or within a specific organ. Medication is injected into the body to perform the nerve block, resulting in a numbing sensation which will reduce the pain that you are experiencing. Here are some of the different types of nerve blocks which are available.
Diagnostic Nerve Blocks - At times, you may be experiencing pain but it is not entirely known what is causing it. A diagnostic nerve block may be used in order to inject an anesthetic into the area so that pain relief is experienced. This can be an effective diagnostic tool which will allow your physician to know the precise cause of your pain.
Preemptive nerve block - If you are going in for a procedure which could result in nerve pain, a preemptive nerve block may be considered. An example of this type of nerve block would be what would occur if you had an amputation and the possibility for phantom limb pain.
Therapeutic Nerve Blocks - One of the more common types of nerve blocks that are considered are therapeutic. These can be used for the control of varying degrees of pain because they contain local anesthetics. If you are suffering from acute pain, a therapeutic nerve block may be considered in some cases.
Prognostic Nerve Block - When you have been given a treatment to control pain, your Doctor may want to give a prognostic nerve block to see how effective the treatment was. This could help your Doctor to determine if a more permanent form of treatment, including surgery might be a successful alternative for treating your pain. It may also be possible that a nerve block could be used to avoid surgery in certain cases.
Types of Nerve Block Injections
Nerve blocks can provide pain relief for a wide variety of areas of the body. They are often named for the area that is being treated. Examples of some of the types of nerve block injections that may be considered are those that affect the face (trigeminal), eyelids (ophthalmic), upper jaw (maxillary), neck and back (cervical, thoracic and lumbar epidural), abdominal (Subarachnoid) and the nose (Sphenopalatine).
If you suffer from back pain, which is a common complaint of many individuals, a nerve block is a common procedure. For example, if you are having difficulties with your facet joints, a facet joint block, also referred to as a zygapophysial nerve block can be used to determine the exact facet joint that is experiencing the problem. Additional procedures can then be considered once the area has been pinpointed.
Although nerve blocks are considered to be relatively routine and they are low risk procedures, there are some possible side effects and issues which may be associated with them. Some of the possible side effects can include bleeding, itching, rash, weight gain and elevated blood sugar levels. There may also be injection site soreness which is associated with this procedure.
It is important to discuss the possibility of a nerve block with your physician. Not all cases of pain can be treated with a nerve block, as some may not be appropriate for this type of procedure. If you would like to discuss the possibility of a nerve block or other options which can help to control the pain that you are experiencing, you can contact The DFW Pain Docs. We can work along with your physician or chiropractor to provide a more thorough form of treatment and we accept most types of insurance. Call or stop by one of our convenient locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area today.