Are you suffering from shingles pain? We may recommend an intercostal nerve block to help you find relief. At Advanced Interventional Pain Clinic, we offer this effective solution to patients living in Orlando, Longwood and Ocoee, FL.
What is an Intercostal Nerve Block?
An intercostal nerve block is a nerve block technique that is used to interrupt nerve signals along the intercostal nerves. This is done by injecting both a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into the intercostal nerves. These nerves are found in the abdominal region and along the ribs. Damage or inflammation to these nerves can cause significant pain in the chest and abdominal region, often making it difficult for patients to perform their normal activities comfortably. Advanced Interventional Pain Clinic offers intercostal nerve block treatments to help patients find relief from conditions that cause this pain.
What is an Intercostal Nerve Block Used to Treat?
The intercostal nerve block treatment is most often used to treat shingles pain. It can also be used to treat various forms of chest pain. The intercostal nerve block will block pain signals from being transmitted through these nerves, providing patients with immediate and often long-lasting relief.
What Can I Expect from an Intercostal Nerve Block?
During the intercostal nerve block treatment, a small needle is inserted into the intercostal nerves where pain is originating. We will ensure that you are adequately numbed for this process. Once the needle is in place, the local anesthetic and steroid medication will be injected directly into the group of nerves. The local anesthetic will provide immediate relief, although it will only last for a few hours. Pain may return briefly, but the steroid medication should take effect within a few days, producing the full results of treatment. You will need someone to drive you home after your procedure. During your initial visit with one of our doctors, we will determine the best approach for your intercostal nerve block treatment and tell you what you can expect from your treatment.
If you think that an intercostal nerve block treatment may be right for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. Advanced Interventional Pain Clinic welcomes patients from Orlando, Longwood, Ocoee and the surrounding Florida areas.