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How Nerve Blocks Help with Pain Relief: What They Are and How They Work

Despite the discomfort, pain is supposed to be a good thing. It lets your body know when something is seriously wrong, and that it needs to be fixed. But chronic pain is quite different. Chronic pain just continues to cause suffering nonstop, sometimes persisting for more than 24 hours at a time. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, an estimated 76.5 million Americans age 20 and over reported that they have had an issue with persistent pain.

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This kind of pain shouldn’t have control over your life. It can take a toll on your physical performance and affect your wellbeing negatively. How can chronic pain sufferers function on a day-to-day basis? With the right pain management solution, they can. At Midwest Neurology Associates, my team specializes in treating individuals with chronic pain. By booking an appointment at our new center in Dyer, IN, you can count on us to have your pain managed and reduced through effective treatments.

One of the treatments we provide at our practice is nerve blocking. A nerve block is when a nerve-numbing medicine is inserted into the painful area of the body to halt pain signals from traveling along the specific distribution of the nerve. It relieves pain for a temporary period as an alternative to painkillers. Nerve blocks have become a key factor in the pain management strategies of many of our patients who suffer from chronic pain.

However, nerve blocks are useful for more than just minimizing pain. They help people get more involved in physical therapy sessions and allow surgery to be avoided in some cases. It’s used by medical practitioners to determine the source of pain, treat painful conditions like cancer and fibromyalgia, predict how pain will respond to long-term treatments and as anesthesia for small procedures.

Nerve blocks can be inserted anywhere to relieve pain in the face, back, wrist, elbow, scalp, neck, jaw and more. Chronic pain can be reduced as a result for about 6 months to a year, for which then the treatment can be repeated. The frequency of nerve block procedures mostly depends on your medical history. An experienced doctor will determine the precise number of nerve blocks you should receive.

The great thing about nerve blocks (other than achieving pain relief) is that no special preparation is needed prior to arrival for the procedure. The medicine only takes minutes to administer and the effects of it are usually immediate; within 15 to 30 minutes, patients can feel pain relief.

 

At our pain management center, we will evaluate your pain, assess the underlying root of the issue and provide you with the best approach for getting relief. Your chronic pain shouldn’t block you from enjoying life to the fullest! Call us today by dialing 219-200-4676 to schedule a consultation.