Nerve Block

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Nerve Block

Nerve blocks can relieve any type of pain originating virtually anywhere in your body, whether you have an acute injury, disabling chronic pain, or severe cancer pain. Alliance Spine & Pain offers a vast array of effective nerve blocks. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Austell, Augusta, Woodstock, Atlanta, Marietta, Conyers, Lawrenceville, Jasper, Cartersville, Dallas, Suwanee, Covington, Carrollton, Canton, Sandy Springs, Douglasville, Peachtree City, or Roswell, Georgia, or book one online today.

Nerve Block Q & A

What is a nerve block?

A nerve block relieves pain using a local anesthetic to stop pain signals from going through a precisely targeted nerve. As a result, your brain doesn’t get the message, and you don’t feel the pain.

Alliance Spine & Pain performs diagnostic and therapeutic nerve blocks. A diagnostic block verifies your provider identifies the exact nerve causing your pain. A therapeutic block gives you another dose of medication to produce longer-lasting results. 

They also use a diagnostic nerve block before a more permanent pain-relieving procedure, like radiofrequency ablation.

What type of nerve block might I receive?

There are many types of nerve blocks targeting numerous nerves. These are a few examples of blocks frequently performed at Alliance Spine & Pain and the conditions they treat:

Celiac plexus block

The celiac plexus is a bundle of nerves in your upper abdomen. A nerve block targeting the celiac plexus eases pain originating from upper abdominal structures, including pain caused by cancers of the pancreas, stomach, liver, bile ducts, and other digestive organs.

Lumbar sympathetic block

This block targets sympathetic nerves along your lower spine, alleviating lower back pain, leg pain, and pain caused by conditions like peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, peripheral artery disease, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Medial branch block

A medial branch block treats spinal arthritis by targeting the nerves carrying pain signals from the facet joints between vertebrae.

Stellate ganglion block

The stellate ganglion is a group of nerves near your voice box. This nerve block helps ease pain in the head, neck, chest, and arms caused by nerve damage and conditions such as shingles, angina, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

What happens during a nerve block?

Before your nerve block, your provider inserts an intravenous (IV) catheter. They may use the IV to give you light sedation if needed. After applying a topical anesthetic to your skin at the injection site, they use real-time imaging to guide the needle to the nerve.

Your provider first releases a dye to verify the needle is in place. Then they inject the anesthetic. They recommend taking it easy the rest of the day, but you can return to most activities if necessary. 

Call Alliance Spine & Pain or request an appointment online today to learn if a nerve block can ease your pain.