Nerve Root Blocks are injections into the sheath surrounding a nerve root to decrease pain temporarily. Pain relief varies from minimal to long term depending on the symptoms.
The patient will remain awake during this procedure. A thin needle will be used to place anesthetic and a steroid into the nerve sheath. X-ray guidance is used to check the positioning of the needle. Contrast material is then placed into the sheath to document and ensure proper placement of the needle.
Following the injection, the patient may experience relief or numbness from your symptoms for up to six hours. When the anesthetics wear off, symptoms may reappear. The steroids typically take two to three days to provide pain relief.
If symptoms don’t begin to improve within a week of your procedure, your doctor may want to explore other sources for your pain.
At Coastal Back and Pain Institute, Dr. Douglas Manganelli and his team of experts have your back. Contact us today at 732-747-7076 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.