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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are nerve blocks?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 46 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.
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones commented
Family Medicine 46 years experience
Provided original answer
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 50 years experience
Injections : Injections of local anesthetics around the nerve.
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
A Verified Doctoranswered
Neurosurgery 30 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 40 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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