6 Conditions That Nerve Blocks Can Treat

6 Conditions That Nerve Blocks Can Treat

Pain is an unpleasant sensation that your body uses to let you know something is wrong. Though beneficial for injuries and acute illnesses, chronic pain makes routine activities feel like an impossible burden.

Your nervous system, including your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nervous system (nerves throughout your body), is responsible for these painful sensations. Blocking this nervous system signal may help stop or reduce that unpleasant feeling. 

At Healthcare Pain Centers LLC, Dr. Francisco del Valle and our team of pain specialists understand how pain affects physical and emotional well-being. We offer many treatment options to ease discomfort, including nerve blocks.

Can nerve blocks help your pain? Here are six conditions we treat with nerve blocks at our practice. 

1. Back pain

The vertebrae that make up your spine protect your spinal cord and serve as an exit point for the nerve roots that extend to the rest of your body. 

Herniated discs, facet joint syndrome (a type of arthritis), and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) are a few spine-related conditions that cause back pain by compressing or irritating the spinal cord or a spinal root nerve.

Spinal and epidural injections are types of nerve blocks. For these procedures, Dr. del Valle injects a local anesthetic and corticosteroid to block the pain signals and reduce inflammation to stop this nerve-generated back pain. 

2. Chronic headaches

Chronic headaches―migraines, tension-type headaches (TTH), and cluster headaches—are nervous system disorders. When medical interventions fail to provide adequate relief from head pain, peripheral nerve blocks can help. 

There are a number of peripheral nerves that cause head pain. For most chronic headaches, we inject medication into the greater occipital nerve (GON) to block the pain signals, reducing the intensity and frequency of these chronic head pain conditions. 

3. Arthritis

Arthritis can affect any joint in your body resulting in joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Though not caused by problems related to your nerves, a nerve block may reduce arthritis pain and delay your need for more invasive interventions like joint replacement surgery. 

4. Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain, or nerve pain, occurs from nerve damage. You can develop neuropathic pain following an injury, infection, or an underlying health condition like diabetes. Neuropathic pain may cause a wide range of symptoms, such as burning, tingling or electric shock-like sensations. 

When medications and therapy fail to reduce neuropathic pain, a nerve block may disrupt the pain signal coming from the damaged nerve, providing relief.  

5. Post-surgical pain

Proper pain control following surgery is an important part of the healing process. Peripheral nerve blocks serve as an alternative pain management treatment that can reduce discomfort following surgery, giving you the ability to participate in the activities that lead to a faster recovery. 

6. Cancer-related pain

Cancer-related pain affects your quality of life whether it’s from the cancer itself or the treatments. For patients who can’t tolerate other types of pain medications, a nerve block can help control this pain, improving your general sense of well-being.

Nerve blocks benefit many pain conditions, and in some cases, provide long-term relief. 

To learn more about nerve blocks and how our team can help you get the relief you need, call one of our New Jersey office locations or request an appointment online today. 

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