A nerve block is a safe, minimally invasive procedure involving the injection of a local anesthetic and steroid directly into an affected nerve to relieve or control pain. Nerve blocks can be administered to treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions, including headaches, back and neck pain, arthritis, joint pain, complex regional pain syndrome and cancer pain, and are often used as an alternative treatment to surgery or other more invasive interventions.
Many of these procedures utilize ultrasound, fluoroscopy or x-ray guidance to enhance accuracy and safety. The pain center includes state of the art equipment in a specialized procedure suite with adjacent recovery room designed for patient safety and comfort. Specialized equipment for radiofrequency neurolysis and cryoanalgesia are available as part of our armamentarium for long-term solutions to chronic pain.
The Pain Center, a leader in comprehensive, multidisciplinary pain-management care for over thirty years, specializes in the administration of a wide range of nerve block therapies, including:
- Occipital nerve block
- Epidural block
- Stellate ganglion block
- Peripheral nerve block
- Neuraxial block
- Lumbar sympathetic block
- Celiac plexus block
- Genicular nerve block
- Ganglion impar block
- Radiofrequency Neurolysis
One of our board-certified, highly trained specialists will meet with the patient to evaluate their specific type of pain and determine which nerve block will be most effective in managing their pain. The relatively simple procedure is done in our state-of-the-art offices by a compassionate, dedicated licensed professional, using innovative ultrasound-guidance technology to ensure safe, accurate, and effective administration of the treatment.
After the procedure and during any necessary follow-ups, our team monitors and evaluates the patient’s progress, adjusting the treatment if necessary and, when appropriate, discussing complementary or alternative therapies. Some patients find significant and lasting relief after just one treatment, while those with more severe, chronic pain may require a series of injections over an extended period of time to manage their pain. Each patients care is individualized, as appropriate , to their needs and wishes as medically indicated.