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When Is a Nerve Block Necessary?

When Is a Nerve Block Necessary?

Nonsurgical nerve blocks provide long-lasting relief from pain related to degenerative disc disease, ongoing illnesses such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or acutely painful conditions like shingles.

Our interventional pain management team at Colorado Clinic in Colorado Springs and Greeley, Colorado, specializes in advanced evidence-based therapies that prevent pain from controlling your life. 

Strategies tailored to fit your needs may include spinal cord stimulation (neuromodulation), regenerative medicine treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to aid healing, or nerve blocks to tackle pain at the source.

Read more about nerve blocks, how they work, and why your Colorado Clinic specialist may recommend this highly effective injection-based therapy.

Why would you need a nerve block?

Nerve blocks at Colorado Clinic include injection-based treatments containing an anesthetic that numbs nerves responsible for sending pain signals to your brain. Your treatment may also include a steroid to reduce inflammation and help speed healing of the nerve.

A nerve block may be therapeutic, targeting one or a bundle of nerves causing discomfort. The injections can reduce your need for pain medicine as you engage in physical therapy, a rehab program, or other conservative treatments that address the underlying condition.

Your provider may also recommend a diagnostic nerve block to confirm the specific location of the irritated or inflamed nerve causing your pain.

If the injection relieves your pain, you may benefit from a long-term solution such as radiofrequency nerve ablation or neuromodulation with spinal cord or peripheral nerve stimulators. These advanced therapies can relieve pain for months to years.

What conditions can nerve blocks treat?

Your Colorado Clinic specialist may recommend nerve blocks to address pain related to conditions such as:

Nerve blocks can also reduce nerve irritation and inflammation, offering long-term relief from compressed or “pinched” spinal nerves (radiculopathy).

What happens during a nerve block?

Your provider discusses the procedure in detail before scheduling a nerve block, performed in-office under fluoroscopy (advanced X-ray imaging) to ensure accuracy. After applying a topical numbing agent, your provider injects the medication close to the targeted nerves.

You may feel a mild pinch as the needle enters your skin, but the procedure is essentially painless and generally well tolerated by most people. If you’re anxious about the therapy, a mild sedative can help you relax, but you should arrange a ride home in that case.

Schedule an appointment today for more information about our nerve blocks or other pain management services at Colorado Clinic. Call the office nearest you or request an appointment using our secure online service. 

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