Medial branch nerves are small nerves that feed out from the fact joins in the spine, carrying pain signals from those joints. The facet joint is where each bone of the spine (vertebra) connects with the next. Sometimes, these facet joints can develop arthritis and be a source of pain. A medial branch block is a treatment approach in which an anesthetic is injected near the small media nerves to determine the source of pain.
The procedure can be both therapeutic and diagnostic. The results of the procedure will provide your physician with information about your pain and its source, more specifically, whether or not the pain is coming from facet joints. If the pain returns after the procedure, the patient may be a candidate for another procedure called Radio Frequency Neurolysis, in which the medial branch nerve can be inactivated for a longer period of time, typically 9-12 months.
If you, a friend or family member is suffering from chronic back or neck pain, call us today at 732-431-2155 to schedule a consultation with a member of the Advanced Wellness team.