A peripheral nerve block is an effective tool for pain management when used to treat some nerve pain symptoms. Peripheral nerve conditions are often felt in the feet and hands, but can affect any area of the body outside of the brain and spinal cord. These conditions have many causes and the location and severity of the symptoms will direct your doctor’s suggested treatment. This injection is designed to stop pain signals from the affected area to the brain.
A peripheral nerve block is used to treat chronic pain. Pain is considered chronic when it lasts at least several months; but for many patients, chronic pain can last years. When other pain management therapies haven’t been effective, it may be time to consider a nerve block. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with other treatments.
Peripheral nerve disorders that cause chronic pain can be triggered by any number of things. Diabetic neuropathy is a common condition. Some disorders can be caused by an injury that healed in almost every way but has left damage to the nerves, causing pain. Other disorders are inherited and have no other known cause.
How it Works
Your doctor will use imaging to guide the injection to the area that will be targeted. Both an anesthetic and a steroid are used to reduce the symptoms of nerve pain, like burning, tingling and severe pain. The anesthetic will provide immediate relief but can wear off quickly, while the steroid will take a few days to start providing long-term results.
A peripheral nerve block or other pain management treatment could help. Our team can discuss your case and available options to design a personalized treatment plan. Contact Hanowell Spine Clinic today to schedule your appointment.