If the thought of surgery leaves you cold, you’re not alone. Many people opt for less invasive measures to relieve pain, including nerve blocks. The interventional pain management experts at Florida Pain Medicine have extensive experience with nerve blocks, helping their patients in Brandon, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Riverview, and Tampa, Florida, find fast relief from chronic or acute pain. If you’d like to explore how nerve blocks may be the solution you’re looking for, call or schedule an appointment with the online booking tool.
The human nervous system is an amazingly vast and complex network controlled by the brain, and governs most every action you take in life, from luxuriating in soft sheets to snatching your hand away from an open flame.
It’s this second function that defines the role of your nerves as the protector of your body. Your nerves alert you to danger and signal you when something is wrong. They can be persistent in their warning.
If you’re experiencing pain, an effective way to control it is to prevent the sensation from forming in the first place, which is what your doctor at Florida Pain Medicine does through a nerve block.
By injecting a local anesthetic with steroids directly into your nerves, your doctor helps you control debilitating pain while avoiding invasive surgical solutions.
The interventional pain management doctors at Florida Pain Medicine use nerve blocks to treat pain in your:
Your doctor administers the nerve block using fluoroscopic (X-ray) imaging to ensure that they inject the right area. The procedure lasts only minutes, depending upon the number of injections you need.
Typically, your doctor starts with a temporary pain reliever to make sure they’re reaching the right source of your pain. Over the course of 24 hours, you monitor your pain levels to see if the block works.
If the temporary procedure is successful, your doctor goes in again with a longer-lasting nerve block.
Immediately following your nerve block at Florida Pain Medicine, you should experience relief from your pain thanks to the anesthetic. It typically takes longer for the steroid to go to work to tackle your inflammation, but you should notice an improvement within a few days.
If the nerve block is successful, you should expect to repeat the process as the effects gradually wear off. That time frame varies from patient to patient.
To learn more about nerve blocks, call Florida Pain Medicine, or use the online scheduler to book a consultation.