Using Nerve Blocks to Treat Your Neuropathy

Using Nerve Blocks to Treat Your Neuropathy

Neuropathy pain can be debilitating. It happens when part of the nervous system is damaged or dysfunctional, leading to pain and abnormal sensations such as numbness, tingling, and burning. 

Here at the Spine & Pain Institute of Florida, Navdeep Jassal, MD provides comprehensive, individualized care for a full spectrum of chronic pain conditions, including neuropathy. Dr. Jassal utilizes evidence-based approaches to help ease your pain so you feel and function better. 

Nerve blocks are one approach to easing neuropathy pain. Keep reading to learn more about how this approach can help you achieve the pain relief you need. 

Neuropathy overview

Neuropathy can arise from the peripheral nerves that supply sensation to your extremities, or from the spinal cord. Damaged nerve fibers can transmit abnormal sensations and send continuous pain signals to the brain. There are many conditions linked to neuropathic pain, including diabetes and complex regional pain syndrome.

What are nerve blocks?

Nerve blocks target nerves that are sending pain signals to the brain. The doctor injects medication to block the pain signals coming from specific nerves. The typical nerve block procedure uses ultrasound or CT scan guidance to inject pain-relieving medication around the nerve sending the pain signals. This eases pain and calms inflammation. 

Types of nerve blocks

Nerve blocks can be temporary or long-term using nonsurgical and surgical approaches. 

The following are types of nonsurgical nerve blocks:

The following are types of surgical nerve blocks:

Benefits of nerve blocks

Nerve blocks are beneficial for managing chronic pain caused by conditions such as neuropathy. Pain relief is immediate and often significant, restoring the ability to do things you previously enjoyed. Nerve blocks also ease inflammation and irritation, which gives nerves the opportunity to heal. 

For many patients, nerve blocks improve quality of life. People whose pain responds to nerve blocks often report the ability to return to work, exercise, and engage in activities that were limited due to pain. If nerve blocks help you achieve pain relief, they can be repeated to extend pain-free periods. 

What to expect following a nerve block procedure

Numbness or soreness after your nerve block procedure is normal and temporary. Surgical nerve blocks may require a few days for recovery. After your nerve block, you may notice some swelling. This is also temporary. 

If you’re struggling with pain from neuropathy, there are treatment options. The experts at Spine & Pain Institute of Florida are in your corner and devoted to helping manage your pain so that you can get back to your life. To learn more, call our office at 833-513-7246 to schedule a visit with Dr. Jassal, or use our online scheduling form to send your booking request. 

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