Benefits vs. Risks of a Nerve Block Injection

Nerve Block Benefits

  • Temporary pain relief
  • Temporary reduction of inflammation in the region of the spine causing pain
  • May help the doctor identify a more specific cause of pain
  • Better ability to function in daily life without the restrictions previously caused by pain

Nerve Block Risks

  • Infection at the injection site
  • Bleeding
  • Accidental delivery of medication into the blood stream
  • Unexpected spread of medication to other nerves
  • Hitting the "wrong" nerve in an attempt to block the targeted nerve, if the nerves are close together

When fluoroscopy or CT is used, there will be minimal low-level radiation.

Women should always inform their doctor and X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Radiation is not good for the fetus to radiation. If an X-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.