Nurve Block Injections


Nurve Block Injections

A nerve block is an injection that may provide temporary pain relief. It can also help diagnose sources of nerve pain. There are several different types of nerve blocks based on which nerve it’s targeting, such as a genicular nerve block or an occipital nerve block.

What are the types of nerve blocks?
Your body has hundreds of major nerves that could be potentially targeted for a nerve block. Because of this, there are several types of nerve blocks. A few examples include:

Celiac plexus nerve block: Your celiac plexus is a bundle of nerves in your upper abdomen that sits behind your pancreas close to your aorta. This block can help relieve pain due to pancreatic cancer or chronic pancreatitis.


Epidural nerve block: This is an extremely common nerve block that’s best known for blocking pain during labor and childbirth, but providers use it for surgeries as well. The goal of an epidural block is to provide pain relief (analgesia) or a complete lack of feeling (anesthesia) for one region of your body, such as your legs or belly.

Genicular nerve block: Your genicular nerves run around your knee joints. This block can help with chronic knee pain or for surgeries that result in moderate to severe postoperative (after surgery) knee pain.

Intercostal nerve block: Your intercostal nerves are under each of your ribs. This block can provide temporary pain relief from rib fractures and can help diagnose and treat neuralgia (nerve pain).

Lumbar sympathetic nerve block: Your sympathetic nerves are on both sides of your spine in your lower back. This block can help relieve lower back and leg pain, such as from sciatica or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Occipital nerve block: Your occipital nerves are a group of nerves in the back of your head. They arise from the C2 and C3 (C is for “cervical” and refers to vertebrae in your neck) spinal nerves. This block can help diagnose and treat occipital neuralgia (occipital headache). It can also help manage chronic intractable migraine, which often requires multiple blocks.

Pudendal nerve block: Your pudendal nerve is a major nerve in your pelvic region. It sends movement (motor) and sensation information from your genital area. Healthcare providers sometimes recommend pudendal nerve blocks to provide pain relief during labor and delivery if you can’t have or don’t want an epidural. This block can also help relieve genital, tailbone (coccyx) and rectal pain (pudendal neuralgia).

Stellate ganglion block: Your stellate ganglion is a collection of nerves in your neck, on both sides of your voice box. This block can help relieve pain in your head, neck, upper arm and upper chest. It also can help increase circulation and blood flow to your arm.

Trigeminal nerve block: Your trigeminal nerves are on both sides of your face. This block can help treat different causes of pain in your face (trigeminal neuralgia).

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