Nerve Root Blocks

Nerve Root Blocks2017-02-17T18:25:26+00:00

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

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