Medial Branch Block
Performed by Ark-La-Tex Spine Care – serving Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding areas
This injection relieves pain in the neck and back. Conditions such as facet joint disease and spinal stenosis can compress these tiny nerves, causing inflammation and pain. Medication is injected outside the joint to decrease the swelling of these nerves. As the swelling is reduced, caused by the compression, pain will be reduced as well.
- Local anesthetic will be used on the back or neck to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure
- Fluoroscopy, a type of x-ray, will used to insure accurate needle placement
The procedure takes less than an hour to perform. Many patients experience relief after 1 injection, however if the pain returns, the patient may be a good candidate for a radiofrequency ablation. The patient can typically return to work the following day.