Peripheral Nerve Blocks
The peripheral nerves are those that deliver nerve signals to the extremities of the body outside the brain and spinal cord. Every area of the body has these nerve bundles that transmit nerve signals to the muscles and organs, as well as send sensation signals to the brain. When peripheral nerve pain signals are causing acute or chronic pain, treatment options include peripheral nerve blocks, which we offer at Allied Pain & Spine Institute in San Leandro, CA.
Injury, diabetes and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) are all common causes of peripheral nerve pain. This type of pain is hard to control using conventional pain medications – nerve pain is one of the most aggravating sensations, and it does not go away with most oral medications. Interventional pain treatments, like peripheral nerve block injections, are a better way to control and stop nerve pain at the source.
Nerve Pain Relief
For patients with peripheral nerve pain, injection therapy to block the nerve signal can be effective for diagnosis and pain relief. Peripheral nerve block injections use a local anesthetic and steroid to disable the nerve bundle signals of pain to the brain. The injection is carefully guided to the exact position near the nerve bundle, and the medication is delivered. Almost instantly, the local anesthetic can numb the nerves and stop the pain. This is a useful diagnostic tool to ensure the right nerve bundle is targeted to stop chronic pain.
The steroid in the nerve block is the second aspect of the injection. The numbing agent will wear off in a few hours, but the steroid can stop inflammation and irritation of the nerve bundle over the following days. This may provide pain relief for a few months or more.
Peripheral nerve blocks can provide pain relief and help identify the nerves that are causing CRPS or diabetes pain. If you have peripheral nerve pain, contact our team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute. Call our medical center in San Leandro near Oakland and Fremont, CA, to schedule your peripheral nerve pain treatment or consultation.