When you’re in pain and nothing seems to be helping, nerve blocks could give you temporary relief. The highly skilled team at California Pain Medicine Center in Santa Monica, California, offers a range of nerve block injections that target the root of your pain when you have complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and other chronic conditions. To get some much-needed relief from your suffering, call California Pain Medicine Center today or book an appointment online.
Nerve blocks are injections that disrupt the normal functioning of your nerves. They achieve this in two ways:
A local anesthetic like lidocaine numbs the area entirely for a short period.
A neurolytic block contains alcohol or phenol, which damages a part of the nerve pathway.
Most nerve blocks contain a local anesthetic, with neurolytic agents typically reserved for severe chronic pain.
Nerve blocks can be local, where your provider injects them into a specific part of your body (such as your wrist) or epidural, where they inject the medication into the space surrounding your spinal cord.
A local anesthetic is often combined with a steroid medication to treat pain in joints, connective tissue, and your spine.
Nerve blocks have two purposes:
Your provider at California Pain Medicine Center can use nerve blocks to help diagnose your condition, usually alongside nerve conduction velocity and electromyogram (EMG) studies. By blocking certain nerves, they can determine the source of pain and create an effective treatment plan.
Nerve blocks offer almost immediate relief from severe or chronic pain. While the local anesthetic wears off in a few hours, the effects of neurolytic agents are more long-lasting.
Patients may also find that a local anesthetic nerve block breaks the cycle of pain, so even when the injection wears off, the pain is less intense than it was before.
The California Pain Medicine Center team offers a varied selection of nerve blocks, including:
A sympathetic nerve block affects the nerves that perform involuntary functions like expanding your blood vessels.
The stellate ganglion is in your upper back. A nerve block here can relieve pain in your head, neck, arms, and chest, and it’s particularly helpful for patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
An intercostal nerve block is an injection that relieves pain in the chest wall.
The celiac plexus is in your abdomen. Injections into this bundle of nerves block abdominal pain and help with conditions like cancer and chronic pancreatitis.
The ganglion impar nerve cells are at the front of your coccyx (tailbone), hypogastric plexus nerves are at the base of your spine, and splanchnic plexus nerves control pain in your abdomen. Nerve blocks in these areas ease pelvic pain.
If you have severe or chronic pain, let the California Pain Medicine Center team help you by using image-guided nerve blocks. Call their office or book an appointment online today.