Pain in the facet joints may not be directly caused by the joints themselves. In fact, we may recommend a medial branch block to either diagnose or manage pain that originates in the facet joints. Advanced Interventional Pain Clinic offers this and other pain management services to patients in Ocoee, Longwood and Orlando, FL.
What is a Medial Branch Block?
A medial branch block is a nerve block technique that is used to interrupt nerve signals along the medial branch nerves. This is done by injecting both a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into the medial branch nerves. These nerves are found in each facet joint, and are responsible for transmitting pain signals from the facet joints and the nearby muscles. Damage or inflammation to these nerves can cause significant pain in the back or surrounding areas. This can make daily activities uncomfortable or difficult to perform. Advanced Interventional Pain Clinic offers medical branch block treatments to help patients find relief from conditions that cause this pain.
What is a Medial Branch Block Used to Treat?
The medial branch block treatment is most often used as a diagnostic procedure to determine the source of a patient’s pain. It can be used to diagnose chronic pain such as back pain that results from issues with the facet joints. If the tested facet joint is responsible for the pain, the medial branch block will block pain signals from being transmitted through these nerves, providing patients with immediate relief.
What Can I Expect from a Medial Branch Block?
During the medial branch block treatment, a small needle is inserted into the medial branch nerves where pain is believed to be originating. We will ensure that you are adequately numbed for this process. Once the needle is in place, the local anesthetic and steroid medication is 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. If we are able to successfully identify the source of your pain, we may recommend facet joint injections or radiofrequency ablation to provide you with long-term relief. During your initial visit with one of our doctors, we will determine the best approach for your medial branch block treatment and tell you what you can expect from your treatment.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment for a medial branch block and to find an effective solution to your back pain. At Advanced Interventional Pain Clinic, we are proud to offer these services to patients living in Orlando, Longwood, Ocoee and the surrounding Florida areas.