Get back your life with nonsurgical nerve block injection therapy for back pain in Encinitas, CA
The Mayo Clinic reports one of every four Americans has experienced back pain in the last three months. During a lifetime, 80% of us will reportedly experience what is quite literally a pain in the back. That pain, though, can present as discomfort and weakness in the legs and radiate to other parts of the body, including the arms. Since there are so many causes of back pain, from stains and disc ruptures to arthritis and bony abnormalities, it is important to turn to a specialist in joint, muscular, and skeletal conditions. Depending on your diagnosis, nerve block injection for back pain in Encinitas, CA at the office of board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Peter Lloyd, maybe in order.
Nerve blocks for pain relief
As their name suggests, these blocks interfere with the ability of specific nerves (or bundles of nerves) to send impulses to the central nervous system. It is these impulses that are responsible for your feeling pain. Nonsurgical nerve blocks are medications that are precisely injected into the nerves that are responsible for pain sensations. There are various types of nerve blocks, which correspond with different parts of the body, including:
- Brachial plexus or upper extremity – shoulders, collarbones, arms, elbows
- Facial – Face, eyelids, scalp
- Neck and back – also, ribs and buttocks
- Chest and abdomen
- Lower extremity – pelvis, thighs, knees, ankles, calves, lower legs, hip joints
Nonsurgical nerve blocks are also a non-invasive, affordable, well-tolerated, efficient, and predictable alternative to surgical blocks that involve cutting or damaging the nerves that are responsible for pain. In this manner, the impulses sent by nerves are blocked and cannot be transmitted to the CNS.
Effective pain relief, a call away
If Dr. Lloyd determines that nonsurgical nerve blocks are an appropriate way to regain your mobility and pleasure in activities, he will go over what to expect before, during, and after the injection. Treatment generally involves cleaning the injection site, administering an anesthetic or numbing medication, and using ultrasound to guide the proper placement of the needle. So, medication is precisely applied to the right area.