Nerve blocks done at the FHW Pain Specialist clinic are a popular and effective method for relieving chronic pain. They work by blocking the transmission of pain signals from specific nerves to the brain, helping to reduce or eliminate the pain that a person is experiencing.
Nerve blocks can be used to treat a variety of chronic pain conditions, including but not limited to migraines, neck and back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and phantom limb pain. They can also be combined with other pain management techniques, such as physical therapy and medications, to maximize pain relief. This treatment option is available at our FHW Pain Specialist clinic.
Several types of nerve blocks exist, including peripheral and sympathetic nerve blocks and epidural injections. The type of nerve block used will depend on the condition being treated and the pain location.
Peripheral Nerve Blocks
Peripheral nerve blocks are injections that target specific nerves or nerve bundles to block pain signals. They can be performed using local anesthesia, which numbs the area being treated, or with conscious sedation, which helps the patient relax and reduces discomfort.
Sympathetic Nerve Blocks
Sympathetic nerve blocks target the sympathetic nervous system, which regulates the body’s fight or flight response. These blocks can be used to treat conditions such as CRPS, a chronic pain condition that an injury or surgery can cause.
Epidural injections are another type of nerve block commonly used to relieve lower back and leg pain. They involve injecting a mixture of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications into the epidural space surrounding the spinal cord, helping to reduce inflammation and block pain signals from reaching the brain.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain and want to explore the options offered through the FHW Pain Specialist clinic, it’s important to talk to your doctor to determine whether nerve blocks may be right for you.