When you have persistent pain throughout your body, and the treatments you’ve tried haven’t helped, a peripheral nerve block can provide significant pain relief. The team at Interventional Pain Center, a division of Providence Anesthesiology Associates, have extensive experience identifying the nerve responsible for your pain, then injecting medication that blocks the pain signals. To schedule an appointment, call the office conveniently located in central Charlotte, North Carolina, or use the online booking feature.
Your peripheral nerves include two types of nerves that connect your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to the rest of your body:
Motor nerves carry signals from the central nervous system to your muscles, where they control movement and coordination.
Sensory nerves pick up information about sensations from receptors throughout your body and send signals back to the central nervous system.
A peripheral nerve block is an injection of anesthetic medication that’s placed on or near the specific nerve responsible for sending pain signals to your brain. The anesthetic stops sensory information from traveling through the nerve. When the nerve signals don’t get to your brain, you can’t feel the pain.
In many cases, your doctor also injects a corticosteroid with the anesthetic. Steroids significantly reduce inflammation, providing pain relief that lasts after the anesthetic wears off.
When the doctors at Interventional Pain Center perform a peripheral nerve block, they use imaging to see the tissues and guide the needle. This technique ensures that your injection is precisely placed at the targeted peripheral nerve.
The team at Interventional Pain Center have extensive experience identifying the peripheral nerves responsible for your pain and safely injecting a nerve block.
These are a few examples of peripheral nerve blocks they frequently perform.
The occipital nerves travel up each side of your head. This type of nerve block relieves pain migraines and other headaches cause. Although most patients quickly feel the relief, there’s no way to predict how long the results might last. An occipital nerve block may alleviate your pain for a day, several weeks, or months.
The intercostal nerves are located under each rib, serving as sensory nerves for most of your back, chest, and upper abdomen. Your doctor may perform an intercostal nerve block to relieve pain from a surgical incision, rib fractures, shingles, or post-herpetic neuralgia.
This injection targets the trigeminal nerve to treat facial pain syndromes.
A genicular nerve block treats knee pain that arthritis, meniscal tears, and other injuries cause.
To learn whether you’re a good candidate for a peripheral nerve block, call Interventional Pain Center or book an appointment online.