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Medial Branch Nerve Block

Medial Branch Nerve Block

At our Pain Management Clinic, we understand that chronic pain can significantly impact your quality of life. Our dedicated team of specialists is here to offer effective solutions that alleviate your pain and restore your well-being. One of the advanced treatments we offer is the Medial Branch Nerve Block, a highly effective procedure designed to target and relieve pain originating from the spine.

What is a Medial Branch Nerve Block?

A Medial Branch Nerve Block is a minimally invasive procedure aimed at diagnosing and treating pain stemming from the facet joints in the spine. Facet joints are small joints located between each set of vertebrae in the spine, which provide stability and enable flexibility. Over time, these joints can become inflamed or degenerated, leading to chronic back or neck pain.

The medial branch nerves are responsible for transmitting pain signals from the facet joints to the brain. By targeting these nerves, a Medial Branch Nerve Block can interrupt the pain signals, providing significant relief and improving function.

A physician discusses a nerve block procedure with a patient.

Uses of Medial Branch Nerve Block

The primary use of a Medial Branch Nerve Block is to diagnose and treat facet joint pain. This procedure is particularly beneficial for patients who suffer from:

  • Chronic Back Pain: Persistent pain in the lower back that does not respond to traditional treatments.
  • Chronic Neck Pain: Ongoing pain in the neck region, often associated with headaches or limited range of motion.
  • Facet Joint Syndrome: Pain originating from the facet joints due to arthritis, injury, or wear and tear.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: Conditions where the spinal discs degenerate, causing pain that can be referred to the facet joints.

About the Procedure

Our Pain Management Clinic ensures that the Medial Branch Nerve Block procedure is performed with the highest standards of care, precision, and patient comfort. Here’s what you can expect during the process:

1. Consultation and Assessment

Before the procedure, you will have a thorough consultation with one of our pain management specialists. They will review your medical history, conduct a physical examination, and may order imaging studies to pinpoint the source of your pain.

On the day of the procedure, you will be positioned comfortably on a treatment table. The targeted area will be cleaned and sterilized. A local anesthetic will be applied to numb the skin and tissues around the injection site.

Using advanced imaging guidance, such as fluoroscopy (live X-ray), the specialist will precisely insert a fine needle into the area near the medial branch nerves. This ensures accurate placement and maximizes the effectiveness of the block.

Once the needle is in place, a small amount of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication is injected around the medial branch nerves. The entire procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes.

After the injection, you will be monitored for a short period to ensure there are no immediate adverse reactions. Most patients can resume normal activities within a day, although it’s recommended to take it easy for the first 24 hours.

Why Choose Our Pain Management Clinic?

At our clinic, we prioritize patient care, comfort, and outcomes. Our team of experienced pain management specialists utilizes state-of-the-art techniques and a compassionate approach to ensure you receive the best possible care. We are committed to helping you achieve lasting pain relief and improving your overall quality of life.

If you are struggling with chronic back or neck pain and believe you might benefit from a Medial Branch Nerve Block, contact our Pain Management Clinic today. Schedule a consultation with one of our experts and take the first step towards a pain-free life. Your journey to better health and well-being starts here.