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Pain Management and Nerve Blocks

Often a group of nerves, called a plexus or ganglion, that causes pain to a specific organ or body region can be blocked with the injection of medication into a specific area of the body. The injection of this nerve-numbing substance is called a nerve block.

There are multiple kinds of nerve blocks:

  • Therapeutic – treat painful conditions
  • Diagnostic – determine source of pain
  • Prognostic – predict outcome of treatment
  • Preemptive – prevent future pain from a procedure or treatment

Different types of nerve blocks treat different areas:

  • Trigeminal – face
  • Ophthalmic – eyelids and scalp
  • Supraorbital – forehead
  • Maxillary – upper jaw
  • Sphenopalatine – nose and palate
  • Cervical epidural, thoracic epidural, and lumbar epidural – neck and back
  • Cervical plexus and cervical paravertebral – shoulder and upper neck
  • Brachial plexus, elbow, and wrist – shoulder/arm/hand, elbow, and wrist
  • Subarachnoid and celiac plexus – abdomen and pelvis

 

Information provided is courtesy of WebMD.  For more information, please read the full article here.

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