Nerve Blocks

Republic Spine and Pain

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in North Austin, Austin, TX, Leander, TX, & Georgetown, TX

Many pain conditions develop due to nerve irritation or damage. At Republic Spine and Pain, with locations in Austin, Leander, and Georgetown, Texas, board-certified pain management physicians offer nerve blocks to diagnose and treat pain conditions. To learn more about nerve blocks and how they may help you better manage your pain, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online.

Nerve Blocks Q & A

What are nerve blocks?

Nerve blocks refer to procedures that block or reduce pain. The procedure usually involves the injection of specific medicine directly to the nerve causing the pain. These injections “turn off” the nerve that carries the pain information to your brain to provide pain relief. 

To ensure proper placement of the medication, doctors conduct nerve blocks using X-ray guided imagery. 

What are the types of nerve blocks?

The pain management experts at Republic Spine and Pain offer many nerve blocks. These nerve blocks may provide the same results as a nerve ablation (burning), and the numbing medication may be used to first test if blocking the nerve is possible before proceeding with an ablation.

Some of the nerve blocks offered at Republic Spine and Pain include:

  • Sympathetic ganglion blocks
  • Selective nerve root blocks
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Sympathetic plexus blocks
  • Facet joint or medial branch nerve blocks
  • Greater and lesser occipital nerve blocks
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint blocks
  • Facial blocks

These nerve blocks may provide you with long-term pain relief to improve your quality of life or make it easier for you to participate in your physical therapy to assist in your overall recovery. Nerve blocks can also be a diagnostic tool to determine if the nerve is the source of your pain.

Am I a good candidate for nerve blocks?

The pain management specialists at Republic Spine and Pain determine if you’re a good candidate for a nerve block during a consultation. Use of a nerve block may depend on the cause and severity of your pain, as well as your overall health.

You may benefit from a nerve block for the management of:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Headaches
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome

While nerve blocks may benefit your pain condition, due to the more invasive nature of the procedure, your doctor may recommend conservative treatments first, such as oral medications and physical therapy. If conservative methods fail to provide you with the pain relief you need, then the experts at Republic Spine and Pain can review your other pain management options, which may include nerve blocks.

To schedule a nerve blocks consultation, contact Republic Spine and Pain by phone or online today.