Nerves are bundles of fibers that process and transmit electrical signals to the brain or spinal cord, like pain signals. Nerve blocks do just what the name implies: They block these pain signals sent along a nerve toward the brain and help reduce any inflammation caused by the pain. People who suffer from acute or chronic pain might need a nerve block injection to temporarily relieve their pain and allow the nerve to heal.
Advanced nerve blocks can help pinpoint the source of your pain
This helps us determine where your pain is coming from so we can treat it at the source. We provide a number of advanced nerve blocks, including:
- Medial branch block
Medial branch nerves are small nerves that extend outward from the facet joints in the spine and send pain signals from the facet joints to the brain. (Facet joints give you the flexibility you need to bend and twist.) A medial branch block helps pain specialists determine if your neck or back pain is originating from a specific facet joint of the spinal column.
- Sympathetic nerve block
The sympathetic nervous system causes your body to react with a burst of energy so it can respond to perceived dangers. By blocking this nerve chain, pain specialists are able to discern if pain is traveling along the network of nerves along the length of the spine. Sympathetic nerve blocks can be used to treat and diagnose pain from spasms in the blood vessels, Raynaud’s syndrome, some types of chronic stomach pain, and excessive sweating.
- Selective nerve block
A selective nerve block procedure treats a very specific nerve root or spinal nerve that exits out of the spinal column. It is most commonly used to diagnose the source of the pain as well as a therapeutic relief from lower back and leg pain.
It’s time to take action against your pain; talk to one of our skilled pain specialists today about pain treatment in Hattiesburg. Call 601-329-0708 to find out if an advanced nerve block is right for you.