Medial Branch Blocks: Effective Spine Arthritis Pain Treatment

Medial Branch Blocks: Effective Spine Arthritis Pain Treatment

Arthritis Pain Relief of the Spine: Medial Branch Blocks Rocky Mount, Wilson and Raleigh

Medial branch nerves are small nerves that feed out from the facet joints in the spine and carry pain signals from the facet joints to the brain. A medial branch nerve block is a procedure in which an anesthetic is injected near small medial nerves connected to a specific facet joint.  The illustration below shows the facet joints with medial branch nerves innervating the joints at and below the level of the ventral nerve root.

 

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A medial branch block is an injection of a strong local anesthetic on the medial branch nerves that supply the facet joints. The facet joints, also known as the zygapophysial joints, are part of the bony framework of the spine. Medial Branch Blocks are an effective treatment to stop the pain of arthritis in the spine.  Below is a fluoroscopic image of the medial branch blocks on the left side of the spine.

 

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Schedule a consultation with a specialist at Carolina Sports and Spine to see if Medial Branch Blocks are the right spinal arthritis treatment for you.