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Pain Management and Nerve Blocks

August 9, 2012

WebMD original article

Nerve blocks are used for pain treatment and management. There are several different types of nerve blocks that serve different purposes.

Often a group of nerves, called a plexus or ganglion, that causes pain to a specific organ or body region can be blocked with the injection of medication into a specific area of the body. The injection of this nerve-numbing substance is called a nerve block.

How Are Nerve Blocks Used?

Different kinds of nerve blocks are used for different purposes.

Types of Nerve Blocks

Various areas of pain require different nerve block types. Below are a few of the available nerve blocks, followed in parentheses by some of the parts of the body for which they are used.

Other Nerve Blocks

Other types of nerve blocks include:

Side Effects and Risks of Nerve Blocks

Nerve blocks do have risks and side effects. They include:

Although many kinds of nerve blocks exist, this treatment cannot always be used. If your pain isn’t related to pain in a single or small group of nerves, nerve blocks may not be right for you. Your doctor can advise you as to whether this treatment is appropriate for you.

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