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
- A pinched Nerve
- Compressed nerves
Are There Side Effects of Nerve Root Block Treatments?
As with all treatments, there is a chance of side effects to consider, such as:
- 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.