Cervical Nerve Root Blocks: Minimizing Pain, Maximizing Relief
What is a Cervical Nerve Root Block?
A Cervical Nerve Root Block is a specialized medical procedure that is commonly used to diagnose and treat pain stemming from nerve irritation or inflammation in the cervical spine (neck).
Cervical nerve root blocks are usually temporary blocks used for diagnostic purposes. By targeting a single nerve with local anesthesia we can determine the source of pain.
Cervical nerve root blocks are particularly effective for managing the following conditions:
Cervical Radiculopathy: This condition occurs when a nerve root in the neck is compressed or inflamed, leading to pain, weakness, and tingling sensations that radiate down the arm.
Cervical Disc Herniation: When a disc in the neck becomes damaged or ruptures, it can put pressure on nearby nerve roots, causing pain and discomfort.
Cervical Spinal Stenosis: This condition refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck, leading to nerve compression and pain.
Administration of Cervical Nerve Root Blocks
The procedure is conducted as an outpatient intervention, typically taking less than 15 minutes.
The Cervical Nerve Root Block procedure involves the following steps:
Sterilization: The area on your neck where the injection will be administered is cleansed and sterilized.
Anesthesia: A local anesthetic is applied to numb the area, ensuring minimal discomfort during the procedure.
Injection: Under fluoroscopic guidance (real-time X-ray imaging), Dr. Rubin carefully inserts a thin needle into the targeted nerve root sheath.
Medication: Typically a local anesthetic is used by itself to numb the nerve. Therefore, the blocks are temporary, lasting 1-2 hours..The decision to add a steroid can be discussed on a case by case basis.
Risks and Side Effects
While Cervical Nerve Root Blocks are generally safe, as with any medical procedure, there are some potential risks and side effects, which may include:
Injection Site Discomfort: You may experience mild soreness or bruising at the injection site, which should subside in a few days.
Allergic Reactions: Though rare, some individuals may have allergic reactions to the medications used during the procedure.
Infection: While the risk is minimal, there is a slight chance of infection at the injection site.
Nerve Damage: It’s uncommon, but there is a remote possibility of nerve injury from the needle placement.
If you are struggling with persistent neck pain, tingling sensations, or weakness in your arms, it’s time to seek expert care. Dr. Edward Rubin has experience in pain management and can offer personalized treatment plans, including Cervical Nerve Root Blocks, to address your unique needs. Don’t let pain dictate your life. Take control of your health and book an appointment with Dr. Edward Rubin today.