What are Nerve Blocks? How Do Nerve Blocks Work?
A nerve block, also known as a neural blockade, is a type of injection used as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool to determine where a person’s pain is originating from. Diagnostic nerve blocks may be followed up with a nerve ablation. Nerve blocks are also used to help provide relief for acute and chronic pain. A nerve block typically consists of a combination of anesthetic and corticosteroid to numb or “block” the pain signal and also help treat inflammation of the area. Nerve blocks can be used to treat pain in a variety of areas in the body.
What to Expect from Nerve Blocks?
A nerve block injection is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 30 minutes to perform. A patient may choose to have light sedation for the procedure. During the procedure, a patient may experience temporary discomfort related to a “pinch” feeling where the needle is inserted. Usually, people who choose to have a nerve block performed are able to resume activity after 24 hours. Pain relief may vary greatly depending on the type of nerve block performed. Some injections last several hours while others often relieve pain for several months.
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The Nerve Block Process
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At Greater Austin Pain Center, a pain specialist will help determine if a nerve block is right for you by obtaining diagnostic imaging and meeting with you to discuss the results, as well as your medical history and previous treatment that you have completed.
You will be scheduled for an outpatient appointment with a pain specialist where it will take approximately 30 minutes to perform the nerve block.
Once the nerve block is complete, you will return to the recovery room where you will spend a short amount of time to ensure your vital signs are stable. With a nerve block you are able to resume activities 24 hours later or the next day.
What Do Nerve Blocks Treat?
Nerve Blocks can help treat several different pain conditions including:
- Severe Headaches/Migraines
- Facial Nerve Pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
Side Effects of Nerve Blocks
Serious complications from nerve blocks are very rare and any risks should be discussed with your doctor. Patients with blood clotting disorders or people who take blood thinners may be at a higher risk for complications with nerve block procedures. Our team at Greater Austin Pain Center will work with you to understand your health history and provide the highest standard of care when it comes to your safety.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Most insurances cover nerve blocks. A prior authorization will be obtained in advance if required.
Our specialists at Greater Austin Pain Center are highly experienced in performing numerous types of nerve blocks. A specialist will discuss your plan of treatment and help determine what treatment is best for you based on your health history, symptoms, and diagnostic imaging.
A nerve block is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in approximately 30 minutes. Afterwards, you will spend a short amount of time in the recovery room to ensure your vitals are stable prior to leaving the clinic. You are able to resume regular activity 24 hours after the procedure.
Dr Jarzembeck is AMAZING. I HIGHLY recommend her for anyone suffering in pain. She goes above and beyond to make sure her patients pain has been dealt with.
Everyone is so friendly and helpful, Dr: Bednar came to me and explained the procedure and answered my questions. Highly recommend!
The visit was all positive. The staff was friendly and helpful and the wait was minimal. They made every effort to make sure I was informed and comfortable. I am very happy with the procedure and the care I received.