Finding universal treatment for pain relief has become a goal for many researchers because many people experience daily problems and discomfort that negatively impact their lives. Nerve blocks are numbing agents used to manage the pain, as they block signals from reaching the brain. They are injected into an area of the body close to a group of nerves that cause pain for better efficacy.
Nerve blocks are commonly used to alleviate pain from:
- Labor and childbirth
- Herniated discs
- Blood vessel spasms
- Chronic regional pain syndrome
Nerve blocks can also be used as a diagnostic tool to help your doctor discover the underlying cause of your problems and make an adequate treatment plan.
Based on the targeted body part, we have facial, chest, abdominal, neck, back, upper, and lower extremity nerve blocks, with a lot of subsequent categories in each section based on the specific target area.
Nerve blocks can also be classified based on whether a surgical procedure is involved. Non-surgical nerve blocks include a simple injection, and the most common types are epidural, peripheral, and spinal anesthesia.
Surgical nerve blocks include:
- Neurectomy – A surgical destruction of a damaged peripheral nerve causing chronic pain.
- Rhizotomy – A procedure where damaged nerve roots causing neuromuscular conditions are surgically destroyed.
- Sympathetic blockade – Blocks pain from the sympathetic nervous system that is in charge of our involuntary reactions to stressful events.
If you have been experiencing debilitating pain that just won’t go away, contact Space City Pain Specialists, and discuss your different pain relief methods, including nerve blocks.