Pain along the spine can have many causes. If the cause is a group of medial branch nerves, then a medial branch block can be an effective treatment solution. At The Pain Management Center, we offer this and other pain management solutions to men and women living in Linwood, Turnersville and Hamilton, NJ.
What is a Medial Branch Block?
A medial branch block is a pain management treatment that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into the medial branch nerves, which are located throughout the spine and connect to the facet joints. When the facet joints become inflamed or injured, they can aggravate the medial branch nerves, causing pain and other symptoms. A medial branch block soothes inflammation in the area while also blocking nerve signals that cause pain, providing effective and often long-lasting pain relief. Medial branch blocks can be used as a diagnostic tool, or to manage spinal pain related to the facet joints.
What is the Medial Branch Block Treatment Like?
The first step of the medial branch 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 medial branch nerves, which are found near any of the facet joints along the spine. 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 a Medial Branch Block?
After your medial branch 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 medial branch 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.
Medial branch blocks are an effective solution for back pain that is caused by the facet joints encroaching on the medial branch nerves. To learn more about this procedure or to schedule an appointment with us, contact us today. The Pain Management Center welcomes patients from Voorhees, Hamilton, Linwood, and the surrounding cities of New Jersey.