A peripheral nerve block provides highly targeted pain relief by directly blocking pain signals from reaching the brain.
For chronic pain conditions, nerve blocks can offer long-lasting relief to improve your quality of life and enhance your comfort.
Peripheral nerve blocks are generally considered safe and effective, but they do carry some potential risks. One possible complication is nerve damage, though this is rare and usually temporary. There is also a small risk of infection at the injection site.
For your procedure, you will be positioned comfortably. The area of the nerve block may be cleaned and sterilized and in some cases, a local anesthetic may be administered to numb your skin.
Your provider will then use imaging guidance to locate and accurately position the needle near the targeted nerve. Once in position, the local anesthetic and steroid solution is injected, temporarily numbing the nerve and providing pain relief.
After your procedure, you will be monitored to ensure there are no immediate complications.