A selective nerve root block is a minimally invasive treatment that diagnoses and treats inflamed spinal nerves. This procedure involves injecting an anesthetic or an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid near the spinal nerve to reduce inflammation and prevent the transmission of pain signals into the brain. If you’re suffering from symptoms of nerve radiculopathy or spinal pain, you should consider this treatment. Our board-certified pain specialists curate highly personalized selective nerve root blocks to ensure long-lasting pain relief.

How does Selective Nerve Root Block Work?

The spinal nerves are responsible for maintaining communications between the brain and different parts of the body. The spinal nerves exit the intervertebral foramen between adjacent vertebrae to travel to different parts of the body. If these spinal roots are compressed or inflamed because of bony protrusions, narrow spinal spaces, or other factors, you suffer from chronic pain in different parts of the body.

A selective nerve root block involves identifying the specific nerve roots responsible for the transmission of pain signals into your brain. The pain doctor injects a steroid mixed with an anesthetic into the targeted nerve roots to inhibit the actions of certain enzymes that cause neural pain, block specific fibers within the nerve that cause pain transmission, and decrease the permeability of nerve fibers to receive blood.

The collective result of a selective nerve root block is that the nerve endings responsible for the transmission of pain signals are blocked, which alleviates pain.

Selective nerve root block alleviates pain caused by the following conditions:

  • Inflamed nerve roots
  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal degeneration
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bone spurs
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal fractures
  • Other conditions that cause nerve compression

Benefits of Selective Nerve Root Block:

  • Minimally invasive pain treatment
  • Diagnoses the root cause of pain
  • Reduces nerve inflammation
  • Alleviates spinal pain and discomfort
  • Concludes within 30 minutes
  • No harsh side effects or complications
  • No downtime

Your Selective Nerve Root Block in Edison

The selective nerve root block is performed after a thorough evaluation of the root cause of your condition. The pain doctor will cleanse the skin and administer local anesthesia to ensure comfort. Under fluoroscopic guidance, the pain doctor will insert a specialized needle into the region with the targeted (inflamed) nerve roots. The pain doctor will first deliver a small amount of contrast dye to ensure the needle is in the correct location. Finally, the pain doctor will deliver an anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid into the nerve roots. The procedure should conclude within 30 minutes.

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Edison Spine & Pain Management is a state-of-the-art interventional pain management practice specializing in cutting-edge minimally invasive procedures. Our board-certified physicians and pain specialists use the most advanced techniques to identify and treat the root cause of pain, helping you lead a pain-free life without relying on opioids. We firmly stand against opioid management and focus on comprehensive pain management to ensure long-term pain relief. Please schedule an appointment to explore your nerve root block candidacy in Edison.

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