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In Need of Lower Back Pain Treatment? We Can Help
If you are in need of back pain relief, Advanced Wellness and Dr. Yen, our pain management physician is here to guide you to a pain free life! If you are experiencing pain in your spine, one of the best ways to determine where the pain is coming from is to have a medial branch block.
Back Pain Relief Now: Diagnosing Pain with Medial Branch Block
If you have neck, mid-back or lower back pain, a medial branch block, is used to diagnose your pain. During a medial branch block injection, a numbing medication or a local anesthetic is placed directly around a medial branch nerve.
What are Medial Branch Nerves? Pain & Inflammation at the Facet Joint
Medial branch nerves are the very small nerve branches that control sensation to a part of the spine called the facet joint. They do not control any muscles or sensations in your arms or legs. The facet joint is where each bone of the spine (vertebra) connects with the next. Sometimes, these facet joints can develop inflammation or arthritis and be a source of pain.
If you have pain in your neck or lower back and are in need of neck or lower back pain treatment, a medial branch block will help Dr. Yen and our wellness team starts the process of getting you back in running shape.
Full Wellness From Head to Toe: Back Pain Relief and More
So, what happens after this injection? A nerve block injection can be both therapeutic and diagnostic. The result you have gives Dr. Yen more information in order to determine how to best treat your neck and low back pain.
After your facet joint injection, one of the following two things may happen.
1. The pain does not go away. This means that the pain is probably not coming from the facet joints.
2. The pain goes away for a few hours but comes back again. This would mean that the pain is probably coming from the facet joints.
Beyond the Medial Branch Block: What if the Pain Goes Away and Then Comes Back?
If the pain goes away and comes back, you may be a candidate for another procedure called Radiofrequency Neurolysis in which the medial branch nerve can be inactivated for a longer period of time, typically 9-12 months. No matter what your diagnosis from the nerve block, Dr. Yen will diagnose your problem and work together with our multi-disciplinary practice to get you feeling great again. Each treatment plan is custom made and tailored for your individual situation. If you are looking for lower back or neck pain relief, our multi-disciplinary practice is here to help you achieve pain relief and good health with a whole body approach.
Are you ready to feel great and say goodbye to pain? Call us at 732-431-2155 or visit Advanced Wellness today! We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about your back or neck pain and other health concerns.