Nerve Block at Sky Ridge Medical Center
A nerve block is an anesthetic or anti-inflammatory injection targeted toward a certain nerve or group of nerves to treat pain. The purpose of the injection is to "turn off" a pain signal coming from a specific location in the body or to decrease inflammation in that area.
Imaging guidance, such as fluoroscopy, may be used to help the doctor place the needle in exactly the right location so you receive maximum benefit from the injection.
Common Uses of Nerve Block
People who suffer from acute or chronic pain might have a nerve block injection to temporarily relieve pain. Often this pain originates from the spine. Other areas commonly affected include the neck, buttocks, legs and arms. Delivering a nerve block injection allows a damaged nerve time to heal itself from a state of constant irritation.
Nerve blocks also can provide diagnostic information to the doctor. By performing a nerve block and then monitoring how the patient responds to the injection, the doctor can often use this information to help determine the cause or source of the pain.