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Pubic Symphysis Block

A pubic symphysis block is a pain management injection that reduces pain signals from being sent to the brain from the pelvic area.

How it Works

Pubic symphysis blocks are nerve blocks. Performed with x-ray imaging in order to provide accuracy, a local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory steroid are injected into the area. This reduces pain signals that are sent to the brain. Performing a pubic symphysis block can also help to diagnose chronic pelvic pain conditions.


The pubic symphysis joint can be injured due to trauma, falling, and tripping. An injury to this area is commonly seen in sports. In general, pubic symphysis blocks may be performed in cases of:

  • Chronic groin pain
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain due to muscle changes or body weight changes

In some cases, there is chronic pain in the area with no obvious cause. There are many bones and joints located in the pelvic area, and irritation can easily occur.


You will feel results quickly as a result of a local anesthetic that is used. Longer term relief from the steroid is experienced in just a few days.

It is common to experience pain and redness at the injection site. These side effects are only temporary. More serious risks, like bleeding and infection, are rare.

If you have chronic pain, contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today to schedule an appointment with us.

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