What is a nerve block?

A nerve block is the injection of local anesthetic close to a targeted nerve or group of nerves to lessen pain. This is particularly useful in determining the source of the pain. Injection of anti-inflammatory medication in conjunction with local anesthetic may promote healing of damaged nerves.

What are the different types of nerve blocks?

There are different types of nerve blocks based on pain location. Nerve blocks are generally used for pain in the back, legs, arms, buttocks, neck, and face.

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