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The Benefits of Nerve Blocks

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Are you experiencing persistent pain that hinders your daily activities? A nerve block procedure may be the solution you’ve been looking for!


Drs. Javier Placer and Ruben Rivera at Florida Spine and Pain Institute are board-certified Interventional Pain Management physiatrists skilled in administering nerve blocks. Their primary goal? Granting relief to those in pain.


In this article, we’ll explore nerve blocks, a minimally invasive procedure that could transform your quality of life.

What is a Nerve Block? 

A nerve block is a targeted procedure wherein specific nerves causing pain in a particular area of the body are “blocked” or numbed using medication. This approach ensures that pain management is focused and effective.

Immediate Benefits of Nerve Blocks

  • Targeted Relief: Directly addresses the nerve clusters causing pain for focused relief.
  • Versatility: Useful for a wide array of conditions.
  • Extended Pain Relief: Relief can span days to weeks or even longer.
  • Alternative to Surgery: In some scenarios, nerve blocks offer a less invasive alternative to surgery.


Lifestyle Benefits of Nerve Blocks


  • Improved Quality of Life: With managed pain, embrace activities and hobbies anew.
  • Increased Mobility: Reduction in pain can lead to improved movement and flexibility.
  • Peace of Mind: Rest assured in the hands of board-certified professionals.


Conditions Treated by Nerve Blocks

Nerve blocks are versatile, offering relief from pain caused by a variety of health conditions:

  • Angina
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Knee pain
  • Cluster headaches
  • Shingles
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Complex regional pain syndrome


How Does a Nerve Block Work?


To understand more about nerve blocks, it’s important to know how pain processing works in the body.


  • Your body has nociceptors – nerve receptors that constantly monitor for damage or injury.
  • If nociceptors detect damage or injury, they send high-priority signals describing the problem to the brain. These signals are not pain but more like a code.
  • Your brain decodes the signals it receives and processes them into the sensation of pain.


Anesthetics used in nerve blocks prevent nerve cells from transmitting electrical signals, which can help alleviate pain caused by prolonged inflammation. Extended inflammation can cause prolonged pain. Medication can reduce inflammation in affected nerves, allowing time for healing and potentially decreasing pain.

What’s the Difference Between Epidural Injections and Nerve Blocks?

Epidural injections and nerve blocks, both pain management methods, have unique roles. An epidural targets the epidural space in the spine, alleviating inflammation and associated pain. On the other hand, a nerve block zooms in on specific nerve roots, pinpointing the exact source of pain.

Nerve Blocks Available in Davenport, Clermont, and Orlando, FL 

With clinics in Davenport, Clermont, and Orlando, FL, the Florida Spine and Pain Institute team is ready and waiting to support you. Drs. Javier Placer and Ruben Rivera offer specialized expertise in pain management and sports medicine, ensuring you receive care tailored just for you. 


Ready to Wave Pain Goodbye? 

Don’t let pain dictate your life. Schedule an online appointment with us today and get back to the activities that you love.


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