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Nerve Blocks

Colorado Clinic

Chronic Pain & Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Colorado Springs, CO, & Greeley, CO

Nerve damage can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms, from shooting pain to tingling and numbness. At Colorado Clinic in Colorado Springs, and Greeley, Colorado, the pain management providers use nerve blocks to prevent damaged nerves from signaling pain. To find out if you can benefit from nerve blocks, call Colorado Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.

Nerve Blocks Q & A

What are nerve blocks?

Nerve blocks are injectable medications that target pain stemming from specific nerves. Depending on the location of the affected nerve, the injection from your doctor at Colorado Clinic may numb the area surrounding the nerve or prevent it from sending pain signals. Some nerve blocks provide temporary relief, while others are more long-lasting.

What are the different types of nerve blocks?

Some of the most common types of nerve blocks that the doctors at Colorado Clinic use to treat chronic pain include:

  • Cervical epidural (neck, shoulders, arms, and upper back)
  • Lumbar epidural block (lower back and legs)
  • Thoracic epidural (mid and upper back)
  • Cervical plexus block (neck and head)
  • Brachial plexus block (neck, collarbone, and upper arm)
  • Elbow block
  • Cervical paravertebral block (shoulder and upper neck)
  • Wrist block (wrist, hand, arm, and shoulder)
  • Subarachnoid block (abdomen, hips, legs, and pelvis)
  • Intercostal nerve block (post-shingles chest pain)
  • Sphenopalatine ganglion block (headaches and migraines)

Depending on your area of pain, your physician may recommend one nerve block or multiple treatments to alleviate your discomfort.

What conditions can nerve blocks treat?

Nerve blocks treat a wide range of neuropathic pain. If you struggle to carry out your daily activities, such as exercise, work, or school, a nerve block can offer enough pain relief to function in your day-to-day life. 

Nerve blocks work best when combined with a comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation plan. When paired with a comprehensive treatment plan, nerve blocks can help relieve pain from:

Arthritis

Arthritis is a chronic condition that leads to inflammation around the joints. While osteoarthritis develops from cartilage damage, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition.

Headaches and migraines

Headaches and migraines cause persistent pain and tension in the head that can radiate down the neck.

Trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia causes severe facial pain due to irritation or compression of the trigeminal nerve that stretches from the brain to the face.

Herniated disc

The discs between your vertebrae serve as shock absorbers for the spine. When the protective outer shell gets damaged, the center can push through and irritate surrounding nerves.

A nerve block can substantially reduce the pain from nerve damage or dysfunction. To find out if nerve blocks are right for you, call Colorado Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.