Meraki Pain Management Center


Medial branch blocks (cervical | Thoracic | Lumbar)

An intercostal nerve block may provide temporary pain relief for your chest or upper abdomen. The injection goes under one of your ribs. Healthcare providers use these blocks to help manage pain with postherpetic neuralgia, rib fractures and chest surgeries.

An intercostal nerve block is an injection of medication under your rib that helps relieve pain in your chest area or upper abdomen.

Your intercostal nerves are located under each of your ribs. When one of these nerves or the tissue around it gets irritated or inflamed, it can cause pain. A nerve block, which contains a steroid medication and local anesthetic, can help reduce the inflammation and alleviate the pain.

Healthcare providers also use intercostal nerve blocks to help diagnose the source of pain.

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