Can Nerve Blocks Help Arthritis?

Millions of Americans struggle with arthritis pain. If you’ve ever had to miss work, modify or cancel certain activities, or struggled to find relief for your arthritis symptoms, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 50 million Americans are living with some form of arthritis. At least half of them report experiencing severe and debilitating joint pain as a result. 

However, even mild arthritis-related joint pain and stiffness can disrupt your quality of life, so you shouldn’t ignore or accept pain as a normal after you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis.

At Republic Pain & Spine, our team of doctors and pain management specialists offers a range of pain management plans and therapeutic treatments at three locations in Austin, Georgetown, and Lakeway, Texas.

How can nerve blocks help manage arthritis pain?

There are over 100 types of arthritis, the most common of which is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by joint deterioration from an injury or wear-and-tear on the joints over time. It’s more common as people get older, but younger adults can experience it as well.

There are many treatment and pain management options for arthritis, depending on the severity of the pain and extent of joint damage, as well as your individual circumstances and other health and lifestyle factors.

Nerve blocks may offer temporary relief from joint and back pain by blocking the pain signals between the brain and the affected nerves. The treatments consist of an injection of a numbing agent like lidocaine to block the pain. It is typically combined with a corticosteroid to help control swelling and inflammation in the joint.

Our pain management specialists at Republic Spine & Pain use imaging technology to help locate and diagnose the source and location of your pain and then determine the right medication for your symptoms and pain levels. 

There's no one size fits all approach to treating arthritis pain, and many people try a combination of therapies and lifestyle modifications to find relief. 

Nerve blocks can work as a stand-alone treatment or help manage your pain so you can stay active or participate in other forms of therapy with minimal discomfort.

Don’t struggle with arthritis pain on your own. The first step is reaching out to our team to get help. 

For more information about nerve blocks and other pain management treatments and therapies, contact us at Republic Pain & Spine to schedule an appointment at one of our three locations in Austin, Georgetown, or Lakeway, Texas.

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