Selective Nerve Root Blocks

Selective Nerve Root Blocks

Injecting an anesthetic-and steroid solution into a specific nerve root also blocks pain and helps determine its source.

A selective nerve root block injection is an injection of a long-lasting steroid such as cortisone around the nerve root right where it exits your spinal column. This reduces inflammation and pain caused by pressure on the nerve. It can also be used as a diagnostic tool to help our doctors determine whether that nerve is irritated by “numbing” the nerve. A common condition that benefits from selective nerve root injections is a herniated disc causing low back and leg pain such as sciatica.

Selective nerve root blocks are often used to treat inflamed nerve roots caused by a herniated disc, degenerative changes in the vertebrae such as bone spurs that cause nerve compression, and conditions such as scoliosis. These conditions may be due to chemical irritation or pinching of the nerve from mechanical compression. If we suspect that more than one nerve is causing pain, we may perform multiple nerve root blocks.

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