A medial branch block is a type of facet injection that is used for diagnosis and therapy. National Pain Institute offers medical branch block procedures for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What is a Medial Branch Block?
A medial branch block is a type of interventional pain management therapy that may help with diagnosing the source of your chronic pain, as well as provide you with some relief from the discomfort. If you have little to no pain after the procedure, this is a good indication that the underlying medical condition involves your facet joints.
What Are the Benefits of a Medial Branch Block?
The benefits of a medial branch block are twofold. First the procedure may reduce your chronic pain. Second, if the pain is reduced, this indicates that you have some type of medical condition that involves the facet joints of the spine.
Am I a Candidate for a Medial Branch Block?
You may be a good candidate for our medial branch block procedure if your pain symptoms appear to indicate a disorder within the facet joints. One of the primary symptoms that we look for is pain with certain body movements that require flexibility within the spine.
How Is the Medial Branch Block Performed?
At National Pain Institute, we use advanced imaging technologies for our medial branch block procedures. Fluoroscopy is used to position the needle at the base of the irritated medial nerves. Medication that contains a numbing agent and steroids is slowly injected into the base of the nerves.
What Is the Recovery Like After the Medial Branch Block?
After a 30-minute rest in our recovery area, you are free to go home. Someone needs to be available to drive for you. You will need to relax at home for the first 24 hours. If you have any tenderness where the injection was made, you can apply ice packs for 20 minutes at a time.
What Should I Expect After the Medial Branch Block?
The local anesthetic in the injection provides pain relief for a few hours. Expect the anti-inflammatory benefits of the steroids to take approximately 48 to 72 hours. Over the course of three to five days, you have a gradual reduction in pain that may last four to six months.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers medial branch block treatments for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.