Nerve Blocks

Achieve diagnosis and even experience pain relief with a Nerve Root Block injection.

WHAT ARE NERVE BLOCKS?

A nerve root block is an injection of anesthesia and steroids into or near a nerve in the spine as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for pain. Blocks are often used to help physicians figure out exactly where damaged nerves are located by evaluating the effectiveness of relief experienced at the injection location. If the pain is relieved after a particular nerve site is injected, it’s safe to assume that nerve was the one causing the problem. Patients must be currently experiencing pain at the injection location prior to the procedure for accurate evaluation, but the patient should benefit from pain relief quickly after the procedure is completed.

 

QUICK FACTS ABOUT NERVE BLOCKS:

  • Benefits are both diagnostic and therapeutic
  • Non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure
  • Procedure typically takes no more than 20 minutes and is done on an outpatient basis
  • Benefits are generally felt within several days and can last up to a few months

COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED BY NERVE BLOCKS:

  • Acute Back Pain
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain

WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING

[Since my bulging disc correction] I haven't had pain in my leg at all and had only a little pain in my back from my surgery, but zero pain in my legs, the sciatica is gone.

Edward, age 55, bulging disc injury

Today my back and hip feel tremendous. My legs are still a bit weak, possibly from nerve damage that occurred prior to surgery. I’m going to physical therapy 3 times per week. I was back at work on November 15th, 3 weeks after surgery.

Robert, age 58,
history of disc herniation and previous surgeries

Nobody likes to be injured and neck surgery is a delicate procedure, but Dr. Massoud explained what needed to be done, which made me feel more comfortable. [Post-surgery] I felt great, and today the pain is completely gone.

Francisco, Age 48, Cervical Injury

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