Your chronic back pain may be caused by inflammation around the medial nerve of your spine. Our medial branch block therapy may be recommended as part of the diagnostic or treatment process. Texas Pain Institute offers medial branch blocks for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What is a Medial Branch Block?
A medial branch block is an injection that deadens the medial nerve of the spine. The procedure is typically recommended as part of the diagnostic process to locate the origin of your pain, or it may be used to alleviate your chronic pain. In both cases, a medial branch block lessens the pain that interferes with your quality of life and primary course of treatment for the underlying medical condition.
What are the Benefits of the Medial Branch Block?
The befits of a medical branch block are two-fold. First, we are able to pinpoint the source of your chronic pain. Second, you experience some relatively short-term relief from the discomfort. If the medial nerve block demonstrates a reduction in pain, we will recommend subsequent interventional pain management therapies for more long-term relief.
Am I a Candidate for the Medial Branch Block?
You may be a good candidate for a medial branch block if you persistently experience pain when you bend or twist your spine. These movements engage the facets of the spine where the medial nerves are located.
How is the Medial Branch Block Performed?
Texas Pain Institute offers interventional pain management using innovative techniques. We incorporate fluoroscopy into our medial branch block procedures to ensure a precise and accurate administration of the medications. The imaging technology allows us to use a “live image” to guide the needle to the target nerve. Medication is injected slowly into the area, and you may notice a slight sting.
What is the Recovery Like After a Medial Branch Block?
After relaxing in our recovery area for about 30 minutes, you are free to return home to rest for 24 hours. The area may feel tender, and ice packs can be applied in 20-minute intervals.
What is the Prognosis After a Medial Branch Block?
As part of the diagnostic and treatment process for a medial branch block, we locate the nerve that is causing your chronic pain. This information is used to guide recommendations for the underlying medical condition, which may improve the outcomes of your primary course of treatment.
Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer medical branch block procedures for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.