Are Medial Branch Blocks Right For Me?

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
  • Spasms

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
Am I a Candidate for Medial Branch Blocks?

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.