What is a Nerve Root Block Treatment?

Athletic woman in pink sportswear standing at the seaside rubbing the muscles of her lower back Back pain is a nuisance that affects your quality of life. Over-the-counter medications and conservative treatments don’t always solve the issue. 

Aggressive procedures can bring long-lasting benefits, but many fear their risks. With recent advances, doctors can provide patients relief without surgeries or lengthy recoveries. Taking care of your back doesn’t have to be a long, painful process. 

A nerve root block offers a minimally invasive tool to fight back pain. Here are a few details on how it can help and what you can expect from treatment.

Are Injections Painful?

Many people fear mobility loss after a back procedure. Some back procedures have long recovery times and involve physical therapy. But, a nerve root block treatment can be a simple alternative to traditional surgery. 

Before your procedure, you receive a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, contrast dye helps identify where to place the needle. Sometimes, patients report sensations resembling an electric shock. Some describe a pinching feeling at the injection site. Others say they feel a burning sensation from anesthesia, but the pain is temporary. 

Depending on your symptoms, medical professionals can recommend nerve root block treatment for:

  • A herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • A pinched Nerve
  • Compressed nerves
  • Scoliosis

Are There Side Effects of Nerve Root Block Treatments?

As with all treatments, there is a chance of side effects to consider, such as:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • A collapsed lung
  • An allergic reaction

How Long Does Relief Last?

The amount of relief from nerve root block treatments varies for each patient. When treated early, nerve root block treatments have a positive outlook. In the early stages, 50% of patients need one injection for long-term relief. Chances for long-term pain relief improve when combined with physical therapy. Results vary for patients as people experience different levels of comfort. Your doctor can determine if a nerve root block can help with your symptoms.

If you’ve experienced back pain, don’t allow yourself to suffer, schedule a consultation with us. Our Office serves the Fairfax, Woodbridge, and Fredericksburg areas and is ready to help you. Call the Vascular Institute of Virginia today at 703-763-5224.

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