Non-Operative Spine – Nerve Root Blocks
This procedure is used to determine if the nerve roots are the cause of a patient’s pain. A nerve root block is an injection into the sheath that surrounds a nerve root, the base or origin of a root, in the spine. Like other nerve blocks, this procedure use local anesthetics to numb the nerve so that physicians can evaluate if it is the cause of pain.
- Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
- Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
- A small needle is inserted near the nerve root using x-ray guidance
- Local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication are injected
- Dye is injected to confirm needle location
- Evaluation of pain while the medication is in effect, and after it wears off