Nerve blocks are a type of pain treatment in which the patient is injected with medication in order to relieve painful conditions. The nerve block medication is injected around the individual nerve or into a group of nerves (known as a plexus or ganglion) where the pain is being experienced. This numbs the nerves to offer short-term relief and is generally much more effective than oral medication.
There are a number of different types of nerve block medications such as steroid injections, local anaesthetics and opioid injections. There are also a variety of nerve block treatments suited to different conditions. For example, therapeutic nerve blocks to control pain, diagnostic nerve blocks which help to determine sources of pain, preemptive nerve blocks which help to prevent subsequent pain after a treatment, and prognostic nerve blocks which are used to determine possible outcomes and side effects of other treatments.
Nerve blocks can last a varied amount of time depending on what area of the body they are used. Side effects can include itching, rashes, soreness around the injection, bleeding and excess energy levels.
If you feel you may benefit from nerve block treatment, our specialists at Pain Management Wales can offer this procedure to relieve pain and discomfort.