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Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain may be caused by many events or circumstances, including surgery, broken bones, etc. Unrelieved acute pain may lead to chronic pain, which may persist even after the original injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years and can have lasting physical effects. Tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite can occur, in addition to emotional effects, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such effects may hinder a person's ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. We feel each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Our medical staff takes a multidisciplinary approach in addressing your pain management concerns, and we work with you to determine the best treatment options. Depending upon your diagnosis, pain may be treated in a number of ways. After a comprehensive review of the patient's history and current health, a care plan is developed that may include a wide array of interventional pain management procedures & techniques such as: See our Patient Education page.

Nerve Blocks

The term “nerve block” applies to any injection of medication, including local anesthetics, steroids, and opioids, into or around a nerve. A nerve block can be used for a variety of purposes, such as diagnostic, prognostic, therapeutic, and preemptive.

A nerve block may be used diagnostically to determine the source of a patient’s pain. By performing a series of injections to different areas and noting the amount of pain reduction that correlates with each area, a physician can determine where a person’s pain is coming from. The nerve blocks then function prognostically, as well; since the doctor knows what is causing the pain, they are better able to predict the outcome of different treatment methods.

A nerve block may also be used therapeutically to diminish a patient’s pain. For instance, a person may be given a nerve block before a surgery, so that they are unaware of the associated pain. A person may also be given a nerve block to soothe an inflamed nerve that is causing the person to experience pain, or to treat chronic pain that has not been amenable to drugs or other treatments.

Lastly, a nerve block may be used to address pain expected to occur after a surgery, such as the phantom limb pain that often follows an amputation.

When dealing with pain related to a single nerve or group of nerves, nerve blocks have a variety of functions that can help people become manage their pain.

Side effects and outcomes are unique to each patient and will be discussed before any treatment options are prescribed.