Encinitas, CA practice offers nerve blocks for patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Patients who are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis may find that their condition keeps them from participating in the things they enjoy—even playing with kids or spending a day at the park without pain. By calling Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center, patients in Encinitas, CA can ask about a wide range of solutions for their unique needs. In many cases, patients enjoy treatments such as nerve blocks.
What are nerve blocks?
Nerve blocks are a special injection used to stop pain signals from traveling to the brain, while also reducing inflammation. Nerve blocks are typically corticosteroids, sometimes mixed with lidocaine as an anesthetic that is injected into a specific area of the body. Once the doctor can pinpoint the source of pain, the injection can be performed as a temporary block for pain signals.
Where can nerve blocks be used?
Nerve blocks are typically used for patients who have back pain. Back pain from arthritis can travel to the arms and legs and can be debilitating for some patients. With nerve block injections, many patients can see pain relief almost immediately, while patients with more severe, longstanding pain may require several injections over time to achieve results.
What are the benefits of nerve blocks?
Nerve blocks have advantages that make them highly desirable for patients dealing with back, arm, and leg pain due to their arthritis. Nerve blocks are:
- Minimally invasive
Am I a candidate for nerve block injections?
The best way to learn more about this solution is to connect with our staff during a consultation visit. The initial evaluation will help Dr. Peter Lloyd decide if nerve block injections are right for you!
Are you considering nerve block injections for your condition?
Take the time to speak with Dr. Peter Lloyd and his team at Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center in Encinitas, CA to discuss your needs. From nerve block injections to medications, our team can assist in helping you feel better and maintain your quality of life for many years to come! Don’t let rheumatoid arthritis slow you down—contact Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center at 760-509-2429 today!
Nerve block Injections at Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center - Dr. Peter Lloyd
What are nerve blocks?
Nerve blocks are injections used to interrupt or stop pain signals traveling from an injured area to the brain.
Typically, at Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center, we will either use local anesthetics or corticosteroids.
This is to help reduce pain temporarily and reduce inflammation that is injuring the nerve and causing pain for more long-term relief.
What are the areas a nerve block can be done?
Nerve blocks can be done in various areas around the neck, back, arms, and legs, depending on the situation.
The benefit of nerve blocks is they are very fast and effective. They eliminate the need for daily use of other nerve modulating medications.
What are the indications to get a nerve block done?
An example of an indication for a nerve block procedure would be a patient with symptoms consistent with Occipital Neuralgia or irritation of the greater occipital nerves at the skull base.
These patients typically suffer from chronic headaches that radiate across the scalp. After a series of nerve block injections, these patients can essentially be pain-free quickly without the need for more systemic daily medications.
Feel free to give us a call today to learn more about how nerve block injections can help you.