Branch Nerve Blocks

Non-Operative Spine – Branch Nerve Blocks

This procedure is used to evaluate if pain is stemming from the branch nerves, small nerves that originate in the facet joints and feed out into the spine carrying signals. Branch nerve blocks are similar to facet joint blocks in that they block the signaling of nerves to identify whether or not the blocked nerves are causing the patient’s pain.

Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injury

Treatment

  • A needle is placed near the suspected nerves using x-ray guidance
  • Local anesthetic is then injected into each branch nerve of interest
  • Analysis of pain while medication is active, and after it wears off