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Doctor insights on: Nerve Block Vs Epidural

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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My back pain is unbearable. I have had two epidurals and a nerve block with no relief. Is there anything else?

My back pain is unbearable. I have had two epidurals and a nerve block with no relief. Is there anything else?

Depends on cause: Epidurals often help back pain if you have a disk herniation and you have pain shooting down the leg or legs. If most of the pain is coming from joints in your back (facet joints), the epidural has little effect. Also, you may need physical therapy with the injections to help. Again, it depends on cause of back pain. ...Read more

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What is a nerve block?

What is a nerve block?

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. ...Read more

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What is a nerve block for?

Pain relief: Usually steroid and local anesthetic is injected to help relieve pain. ...Read more

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What is the procedure "intercoastal nerve block" or "intercoastal n-block?

What is the procedure "intercoastal nerve block" or "intercoastal n-block?

Intercostal nerve: The procedure intercostal nerve block is usually done to numb up some of the nerves of the chest wall. There are nerves that travel along the rib. If one has chest pain from an injury for example one may inject these nerves with lidocaine. This then causes the nerve to be numb and helps the chest wall pain. ...Read more

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What's a facet nerve block procedure?

What's a facet nerve block procedure?

Facet Injection: A facet injection is a minimally invasive procedure that can temporarily relieve back pain caused by inflamed facet joints. A facet injection includes both a long-lasting corticosteroid and an anesthetic numbing agent. The Medial Branch Block is mostly an anesthetic injection for diagnostic purposes to determine candidacy for radiofrequency ablation. ...Read more

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Do most surgeries utilize a nerve block?

No: Nerve blocks are mostly used for surgery on the extremities and sometimes lower abdominal soft tissue. Spinal and epidural blocks can also be used for lower abdominal and perineal procedures. ...Read more

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How does a nerve block help endometriosis?

How does a nerve block help endometriosis?

Only the pain: Nerve blocks are better for defined areas of the body. Nerve sensation from endometriosis is more complex and less amenable to this treatment as a long term. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a nerve block administered?

Is it safe to have a nerve block administered?

Yes.: I have done thousands without\ serious issues to my patients, except for bleeding from a punctured deep blood vessell. If properly done, great pain relief can be obtained. ...Read more

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How can a nerve block help treat endometriosis?

How can a nerve block help treat endometriosis?

Just the pain: A nerve block decreases the pain reception from the area served by the specific nerve. However, the treatment of endometriosis depends on tissue confirmation and is best treated by removal plus further hormonal manipulation. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Nerve Block (Definition)

Just means injecting a nerve with a local anesthetic, like lidocaine, to temporarily cause the nerve to stop working. It's usually done in order to do a procedure painlessly, but can also be done as a therapeutic measure to rest ...Read more