Treating Back Injuries—Medial Nerve Blocks
There are many causes of back injuries, including car accidents, slip and falls, workplace accidents, and sports injuries. These injuries can lead to ongoing and even chronic back pain. One potential treatment for back pain is a nerve block, and there are several different types of such procedures.
Epidural blocks, for instance, block the body's ability to feel pain in the neck, back, and spine by preventing the brain from receiving pain signals from these areas. Today we are looking at medial nerve blocks, which can be used to treat back pain following a car or other type of accident.
Medial Nerve Blocks
A medial nerve block is a procedure in which an anesthetic is injected near the medial nerves that connect to a specific facet joint. Generally, several levels of the spine are injected at once to provide more complete relief. Medial nerve blocks are generally used to block pain in the areas of the neck and spine.
During a medial nerve block treatment, the patient experiencing back pain will usually be asked to lie on his or her stomach. Those with neck pain might be positioned on their side. A physician will then cleanse the skin with an anesthetic and administer the injection into the appropriate area of the spine, near the medial branch nerves.
Medial Nerve Block Effectiveness
Medial nerve blocks will work differently for each person. Generally, the injections will provide immediate short term relief. They are not, however, a permanent long term solution. Relief can last for hours, days, or longer. However, the effects of such procedures can also wear off. There are also few risks associated with these injections and most patients report that the injections are painless, though you might feel a pinch when the needle initially enters the skin.
Anyone who has been injured in a car accident and is experiencing ongoing back pain should consult with a licensed and experienced physician. Your physician might discuss with you the possibility of receiving a medial nerve block. Depending upon the circumstances of your accident, the at-fault driver can be liable to cover your ongoing treatment needs.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Zealous Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys
Back injuries can be devastating to sufferers, causing much pain and suffering and preventing the performance of work duties. Auto accidents are a prime cause of back injuries, but back injuries might also stem from workplace or other accidents. If you have been injured in an accident involving negligence, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm helps accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We have over 35 years of experience assisting injured accident victims. The sooner you act after the accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.