Chest pain has many possible causes, but if it originates from the intercostal nerves along the ribs, it may be time to consider an intercostal nerve block. The Pain Management Center offers this advanced pain relief treatment to the patients living in Voorhees, Turnersville and Hamilton, NJ.
What is an Intercostal Nerve Block?
An intercostal nerve block is a pain management treatment that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into the intercostal nerves, which are located between the ribs. When the intercostal nerves are damaged or pinched, either due to injury or other conditions, they can cause chest pain and other symptoms in the area. An intercostal nerve block is placed directly into the intercostal nerves to prevent nerve signals from reaching the brain and causing pain. As a result, patients can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. This technique may be used to treat chest pain that results from surgery, injury, and other conditions.
What is the Intercostal Nerve Block Treatment Like?
The first step of the intercostal nerve block treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the treatment area is numbed, a needle will be carefully inserted into the intercostal nerves between the ribs. This area will be accessed from your back, as you are lying face-down. After the needle is in place, the injection will be performed. This treatment is typically completed in less than an hour. After treatment, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising at the injection site, but these effects usually fade within a few days.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from an Intercostal Nerve Block?
After your intercostal nerve block treatment, you will notice immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic that is injected. This will wear off in a few hours, and pain may return briefly. The steroid medication will take effect within a few days, soothing inflammation and blocking nerve signals so that you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. The results from your intercostal nerve block can last between several weeks and several months. The exact duration of these results will vary, so we will help you determine the kind of results that you can expect during your initial visit.
If you are suffering from chest or rib pain, contact us today to determine if you are a good candidate for the intercostal nerve block treatment. At The Pain Management Center, we offer this treatment to patients living in Hamilton, Turnersville, Linwood, and the neighboring areas of New Jersey.