Peripheral Nerve Block
The entire human body is connected to the brain via the spinal cord through a network of peripheral nerves. When the peripheral nerves are damaged due to trauma, cancer, peripheral neuropathy, or some other degenerative condition, people might experience a sharp pain that can be debilitating. Peripheral Nerve Block is an invasive therapy that is aimed to provide relief from such pains. It also acts as a diagnosis method; if the patient experiences relaxation in the pain then the correct source of the pain has been found.
At Dunes Pain Specialists, a physician will first disinfect and sanitize the area where the procedure has to be performed. After that, too numb down the tissues a local anesthetic is given. Once the anesthesia is in effect, steroid and anesthetic medication is injected into the targeted nerve. This medication inhibits the transmission of pain information to the brain. This procedure takes only a couple of minutes to complete and the patient is quickly discharged to go home. It is possible that the patient might feel mild pressure at the injection site which is normal. The procedure, depending upon the patient, might have to be performed again since it is not a long-term solution.
Due to the anesthetic, patients immediately feel relief in pain which starts to wear off quickly. It is then that the steroids show effect after a couple of days of the initial procedure, which give prolonged relief. The physician might recommend rest for 24 hours after the block is administered, and also, severe physical exertion might have to be avoided for a few weeks. However, patients can resume their normal routine and go to work as soon as they feel at ease. Detailed aftercare instructions will be provided by us to you.
In this procedure, there are rarely any complications. However, if you feel any infection, allergic reactions, swelling, or fever– reach out to Dunes Pain Clinic immediately for a consultation.