What are Medial Branch Blocks?
Medial branch nerves are small nerves that transport pain messages on behalf of the facet joints and carry it to the spine. A medial branch block injects an anesthetic into the small medial nerves that are linked to a particular facet joint. This injection temporarily blocks the medial nerves from getting pain signals which alleviates back pain.
Common Conditions Treated by a Medial Branch Block
The most common conditions that are treated by a medial branch block are:
- Lower and upper back pain
- Spondylosis (facet joint degeneration)
- Failed back syndrome
- Spinal stenosis
Facts About a Medial Branch Block
Here are a few quick facts about a medial branch block to know:
- Non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure
- The injection is issued on the outside of the joint close to the medial nerve
- A diagnostic tool used to determine the exact location of pain
- Provides temporary relief
- Helps determine the next steps in your treatment plan
If you’re experiencing mild to severe pain in your back, a medial branch block may be an option for you. When conservative treatments like oral anti-inflammatory medications, pain relievers, or physical therapy don’t alleviate pain, it may be time to try a different method.
Dr. Murthy is a pain management physician that specializes in treating patients who are in need of pain management treatment. Contact Jenkins NeuroSpine today to find out if you’re a candidate for a medial branch block.