Understanding Nerve Block Treatment

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June 2, 2015

Pain management and treatment can take several methods. Physiotherapy, surgery, medications and nerve blocks can all be used, depending upon the nature and cause of pain. Dealing with pain through nerve blocks requires blocking pain signals from a ganglion (which means a nerve group; also called plexus) associated to a specific part of your body.

About Nerve Blocks

To block pain, a substance is injected into the appropriate ganglion in order to make it numb. There are many uses of nerve blocks:

  • Therapeutic: Used for treating painful conditions, therapeutic nerve blocks have local anesthetics.
  • Diagnostic: Used for diagnosing the source of your problem. Diagnostic nerve blocks also have an anesthetic which only lasts for a specific duration.
  • Prognostic: These nerve blocks are used to determine possible outcomes of treatment approach. For instance, they may be used to figure out if a surgery will be able to improve your condition permanently.
  • Preemptive: As the name suggests, they are used to prevent pain resulting from a procedure. For example, to prevent phantom limb pain after amputation.

Different areas of your body need different types of nerve blocks. For example, trigeminal nerve block for your face, supraorbital for your forehead, ophthalmic for your scalp and eyelids and so on.

Side Effects

Nerve blocks are generally used only if your pain is related to a single nerve or a small group of nerves. While nerve blocks can be used in lieu of surgery, it is not always recommended because they can have a number of unpleasant side effects, which include itching, rashes, increased blood sugar, soreness near the place of injection, paralysis, artery damage, low blood sugar, kidney damage, excessive energy, weight gain, bleeding and more. Before you opt for this method, you should discuss all the pros and cons with your doctor.

Interested in Learning More About Nerve Block Treatments? Contact Dr. Stephen Franzino Today.

For more information about nerve block treatments, or any of the procedures we offer, contact us today. We are located in Napa, California and Vacaville, California and can be reached directly at 704.258.2547 and 707.446.6206. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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