If you are living with chronic nerve pain in your chest or middle of your back, and intercostal nerve block may help. National Pain Institute offers intercostal nerve block treatments for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What Is an Intercostal Nerve Block?
An intercostal nerve block is an interventional pain management therapy that treats inflammation around the nerves that run along the underside of the ribs. The condition causes sharp pains or a dull ache in the chest and middle of the back.
What Are the Benefits of an Intercostal Nerve Block?
Chronic pain in your chest and middle back limits your range of motion, and some patients find it difficult to breathe with this level of pain. Intercostal injections reduce the inflammation around the nerves to provide you with some relief from your discomfort.
Am I a Candidate for the Intercostal Nerve Block?
If you have pain across your chest or middle back that lasts for three months or longer, you may be a good candidate for our intercostal nerve block. Schedule a consultation with one of our pain management physicians to learn more about the treatment.
How Is the Intercostal Nerve Block Performed?
Our pain management physicians use fluoroscopy to position the needle along the root of the affected nerve. Medication is slowly injected into the area. You may notice a mild burning sensation during the injection that lasts for only a few seconds.
What Is the Recovery Like After the Intercostal Nerve Block?
Someone should be available to drive you home after the procedure. The anesthetic in the intercostal nerve block will mask your pain for a few hours, after which you may notice some discomfort. The steroids in the intercostal injection start to work within a few days, and the effects may last for up to four months.
What Should I Expect After the Intercostal Nerve Block?
The intercostal nerve block is not intended to heal the underlying issue that is causing your chronic pain. You should continue to follow the instructions of your primary physician and specialists to manage the condition.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers intercostal nerve block procedures for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.