Nerve Blocks Specialist

Francisco I del Valle, M.D. -  - Pain Specialist

Healthcare Pain Centers LLC

Francisco I del Valle, M.D.

Pain Specialist & Nerve Conduction Studies Specialist located in Old Bridge, NJ, Edison, NJ, & Freehold, NJ

A nerve block is a safe, minimally invasive treatment for chronic nerve pain. At Healthcare Pain Centers LLC in Old Bridge, Edison, and Freehold, New Jersey, Francisco del Valle, MD, and the experienced pain management specialists use these injectable treatments to relieve pain from herniated discs, surgery, migraines, and other common conditions. Call Healthcare Pain Centers LLC or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about nerve blocks.

Nerve Blocks Q & A

What are nerve blocks?

A nerve block is an injection of an anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory steroid to reduce pain and inflammation. Nerve blocks prevent dysfunctional nerves from sending pain signals to other areas of your body. 

This temporary pain relief enables you to complete physical therapy or rehabilitation, so you can participate in your normal activities, such as work and exercise.

What can nerve blocks treat?

Nerve blocks can relieve pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness that many conditions can cause, including:


Arthritis is a degenerative condition that damages the joints. The most common type, osteoarthritis, causes cartilage deterioration, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that leads to chronic inflammation.

Herniated disc

Spinal discs cushion the vertebrae that make up your spine. They also provide flexibility when you bend or turn. Spinal discs include a hard outer shell and a soft, jelly-like center. Small cracks in the disc may cause the center to push through, herniate, and inflame surrounding nerves.

Post-surgical pain

Surgery can temporarily irritate or damage the nerves surrounding your surgical site. An anesthetic injection may reduce your discomfort if you have damaged or inflamed nerves after surgery.

Back pain

Muscle strains, herniated discs, arthritis, and other injuries can irritate the nerves in the back, causing pain, tingling, and numbness.

Chronic headaches

Chronic headaches, including migraines, often stem from dysfunction in the cervical spine (neck). A nerve block can reduce inflammation in this area to help prevent frequent headaches.

What are the types of nerve blocks?

There are three types of nonsurgical nerve blocks that can help relieve pain:

Spinal anesthesia

During a spinal nerve block, your doctor injects the anti-inflammatory medication into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord.

Epidural anesthesia

An epidural nerve block involves injecting medication into the space outside of your spinal cord.

Peripheral block

A peripheral nerve block targets the specific nerve that’s causing you pain by injecting the medication directly into it.

How do nerve blocks work?

The pain specialists at Healthcare Pain Centers LLC may perform your nerve block at their office with an ultrasound or with fluoroscopic guidance at a nearby ambulatory surgical center.

Both methods use imaging to guide the nerve block medication into the targeted location. Fluoroscopic guidance uses real-time imaging for a high level of precision.

To learn more about nerve blocks, call Healthcare Pain Centers LLC or schedule an appointment online today.