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A 47-year-old member asked:

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a nerve block and does it take your pain away instantly?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 19 years experience
Shut down nerve: A nerve block is an injection of medications, typically steroids and a local anesthetic, placed to reduce inflammation and irritation around a painful nerve. While many anesthetics do cause a burning sensation as they kick in, they typically provide significant pain relief in a very short time period.
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