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what are nerve blocks?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Injections.: Nerve, spinal nerve roots, and medial branch blocks (for facet joints) are injections done using a local anesthetic to determine if a specific nerve, specific spinal nerve root, or facet nerve is the source of pain. Blocks also can be used to reduce inflammation and pain when used with a steroid.
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Dr. Ron Jones commented
Family Medicine 45 years experience
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Drugs are not going to find which nerve is the problem. If you have a problem interfering with your quality of life and it is nerve related (but cannot be determined), then a nerve block would be helpful in ID of that nerve, THEN treatment. A diagnostic nerve block, in my opinion, is not a last resort procedure.
Jan 2, 2012
Dr. Arthur Marlin
Neurosurgery 49 years experience
Injections : Injections of local anesthetics around the nerve.
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Nerve block: Nerve blocks are a generic term usually to mean NUMBING a particular nerve (or nerve root in or as it leaves the spine) to both test a source of a problem (like pain, numbness, tingling, etc), and possibly also treat that problem.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What are nerve blocks like?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Different options: There are different kinds. When used for surgery, they make the part of the body numb--for example, they are often used for shoulder surgery. Often a nerve block is put in to help with postop pain, for total knee replacement as an example. Depending on the medication used, they may block movement as well as sensation. Talk to your anesthesiologist about exactly what kind would be best for you.
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Can you be addicted to a nerve block?

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
No, : Not chemically. Nerve blocks have no addictive substances in them.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is a nerve block?

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Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Injection of local: It is when local anesthesia is used to numb a nerve or group of nerves (plexus). It usually entails knocking out the motor component as well as sensory but some blocks can be performed so that only sensory is blocked. Sedation is usually used and an ultrasound machine or stimulating needle to locate the proper site for injection.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Do heavy foods trigger nerve block?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Not understanding: If your question is about muscle pain and trigger points, people may have allergies to foods that cause the typical allergy like symptoms. However it is rare for foods to cause muscle aches and trigger points alone unless associated with allergy/intolerance.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Could a nerve block have more success?

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Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Yes,: A nerve block can be used instead of general or topical anesthesia, depending on the type of surgery and patient or purpose.

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