How are spinal selective nerve root block injections used?
Selective nerve root block injections (SNRB) are commonly administered to patients experiencing pain resulting from a compressed spinal nerve root. During this procedure, which generally only takes a few minutes, the physician injects a local anesthetic into the nerve at issue, at the point where the nerve passes through the patient’s vertebrae. The injection essentially blocks the pain signals being transmitted through the affected nerve.
What is the process getting a nerve block injection?
Physicians employ selective nerve root block injections for many reasons, including:
Selective nerve root block injections are commonly used for the cervical (upper), thoracic (middle) and lumbar (lower) areas of the spine, depending on the type of pain that a patient is experiencing. Although the recommended frequency of injections will vary depending on each patient’s unique condition, SNRB injections can generally be administered three to six times over the course of a year.
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