Chronic pain can be a debilitating health issue that forces you to give up the activities you love. It can be frustrating and difficult to treat since everyone experiences pain differently.
If you have ongoing pain, it’s important to learn about your treatment options. Nerve blocks and epidural injections are common, effective treatment methods to help you manage chronic pain conditions. They can be used alone or in combination with other pain management techniques to help you find real pain relief.
Pallavi Cherukupally, MD, and our team at Regenerative Sports, Spine & Spa in Orlando, Florida, are experts in the benefits of nerve blocks and epidural injections for chronic pain.
Nerve blocks can relieve many types of pain
At Regenerative Sports, Spine & Spa, we offer a variety of nerve blocks, including epidural injections, medial blocks, and sympathetic blocks, to treat pain. If you’re living with ongoing pain, nerve blocks effectively stop the transmission of pain signals to help you regain mobility and live a life with less pain.
Back pain is a leading cause of chronic pain, with up to 80% of adults suffering from low back pain at some point during their lifetimes. Nerve blocks are often effective for chronic back pain conditions, including sciatica and arthritis.
Nerve blocks and epidural injections can do more than just relieve back pain, however. Our team may recommend these treatments if you experience:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Leg pain
- Pain caused by a joint replacement
- Arthritis pain
- Pain caused by herniated discs
- Chronic regional pain syndrome
- Pain from a shingles infection
The injections can be combined with other treatments or used on their own to help you overcome chronic pain and enjoy your life.
Understanding how epidural injections and nerve blocks work
If you experience chronic pain somewhere in your body, a bundle of nerves, called a plexus or ganglion, send pain signals to your central nervous system. When pain signals reach your central nervous system, it sends them to your brain and you feel pain. Nerve blocks use anesthetic medication to stop pain sensations in nerve bundles and keep the signals from reaching the central nervous system.
Getting a nerve block is a simple procedure. We begin by cleaning your skin at the injection site. Our team uses a local anesthetic so you don’t feel discomfort with the injection. We insert the needle into the nerve center and distribute medication with the help of a device like ultrasound, CT scan, or simulator. The injection takes just a few moments, and the whole procedure takes no more than 30 minutes from start to finish.
Every patient’s pain is unique, and treatment with nerve blocks can vary. In many cases, patients notice immediate pain relief following a nerve block or epidural injection. Some nerve blocks contain a steroid medication that can take a day or two to take effect.
You don’t have to live with pain. Find out how nerve blocks or traditional epidural injections can help manage chronic pain and improve your quality of life. Request your first appointment online or call our office to book today.