Nerve blocks may be done to effectively treat pain caused by a range of conditions. At Central Nevada Regional Care, staff are trained to provide a variety of nerve blocks to address the patient’s specific condition and pain level.
Ganglion Impar Block
Celiac Plexus Block
Hypogastric Plexus Block
The hypogastric plexus block treats chronic pain in the pelvic area by targeting a bundle of nerves located near the bottom of the spine.
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During the procedure, the healthcare provider will use X-ray guidance to insert needles into the back, near the hip bone. The physician will then inject dye to confirm the needle is in the right location and go on to inject the medication, and possibly a steroid, to treat the pain.
Intercostal Nerve Block
An intercostal nerve block can help reduce inflammation and identify the source of chest pain caused by a herpes zoster infection or a surgical incision.
Ilioinguinal Nerve Block
The ilioinguinal nerve provides sensation to the perineum, upper inner thigh, and groin. It begins in the lower back spinal nerve, wraps above the
upper ridge of the hip bone, and goes into the groin. Patients experiencing groin pain, often caused by hernia surgery or trauma to the groin, may benefit from an ilioinguinal nerve block targeting the nerve.
Medial Branch Block
A diagnostic medial branch block is a procedure that involves injecting an anesthetic near the small medial nerves connected to a specific facet joint. A patient may be a candidate for additional pain treatment if they experience pain relief after the injection.
Lumbar Sympathetic Block
A healthcare provider may recommend a lumbar sympathetic nerve block for patients experiencing reflex sympathetic dystrophy, herpes zoster infection (shingles) involving the legs, complex regional pain syndrome, vascular insufficiency, and peripheral neuropathy.
Occipital Nerve Block
- Cluster headaches
- Tender or painful scalp
- Spondylosis of the cervical facet joints
- Pain that affects the back of the head or one side of the head
A facet joint block is done to alleviate pain in the neck or back. During the procedure, the physician injects a small amount of local anesthetic and/or medication into a facet joint in the neck or back.
Stellate Ganglion Block
Patients experiencing pain in the head, neck, upper arm, and upper chest may benefit from a stellate ganglion block. The procedure may also promote circulation and blood supply to the arm. A stellate ganglion block may be done to treat the following conditions:
- Phantom limb pain
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome type I or II
- Herpes zoster infection affecting the head, neck, arm, or upper chest
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