A selective nerve root block is a minimally invasive injection designed to identify the source of your spine pain and reduce inflammation around the nerves to decrease your pain. Selective nerve root block is both a diagnostic as well as a pain management procedure.
By injecting the medication into the nerve root and monitoring its response, Doctor Saqib Siddiqui can determine if the injected nerve is truly the source of your pain. Once the culprit is identified, The Spine Center can create a plan for eliminating your pain and allowing you to enjoy a more active lifestyle.
The procedure is fairly straightforward. You'll be given a local anesthetic around the area of the injection. Doctor Saqib Siddiqui then locates the spinal nerve root and injects the needle into an adjacent area. Medication is released into this area, which helps relieve swelling and reduce your pain.
If you respond well to the treatment, it is an indication that the injected root is the source of your pain. If you do not have a response and your pain persists after a few days, this is a sign that your pain is coming from elsewhere, requiring future diagnostics.
We do our best to educate our patients on procedures. The more informed you are, the better able you'll be to understand your spinal condition.
Here are some answers to questions we commonly receive about selective nerve root block.
If selected nerve root block sounds like the treatment you need, call (210) 265-1116 or schedule a consultation online.
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