Cervical Medial Branch Block Injections
A cervical medial branch nerve block is a procedure in which an anesthetic is injected near small medial nerves connected to specific facet joints along the spine in the neck. It is done to determine if your pain is caused by a facet joint problem. Typically, several areas of the spine are injected during one procedure to diagnose the source of your pain. If you feel significant relief from the medial block, radiofrequency neurotomy or another type of modulation therapy, may be prescribed to help reduce your pain. Caliber Pain™ offers cervical medial branch block injections, as well as other cervical injections, at our clinic in NYC.
Neck Pain Diagnosis and Treatment
Cervical medial branch blocks offer both diagnostic and treatment benefits. By administering numbing medicine in the various cervical facet joints, we can gauge the amount of immediate pain relief you experience. If neck pain goes away completely or to a great degree, we can confirm the source.
Along with the numbing medication, a therapeutic option, such as the ones discussed here, can also be employed to provide long term pain relief.
In some cases, radiofrequency neurotomy may be performed in addition to a cervical medial branch block injection. This can help relieve pain caused by facet joint issues. We perform this interventional treatment at our state-of-the-art medical facility in Midtown Manhattan.
After the procedure, you should try to gently reproduce your pain for the duration of the numbing medication. Then, tell us how much the injection relieved your pain. This will help us assess your condition and determine your follow-up treatment protocol.
If you suffer from neck pain, it could be caused by deterioration or an injury to your cervical facet joints. Caliber Pain™ offers cervical medial branch block injections as one of our treatment modalities at our clinic in UES New York City. Contact us today for an appointment.