Trigeminal Nerve Block

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What Is A Nerve Block?

Nerve blocks are a form of local anesthesia that can be used to block pain signals from spreading along the targeted nerves. This procedure can be done either temporarily or permanently, depending on the type of nerve block used. Nerve blocks are often used as an efficient way to provide relief for chronic pain for patients who have not found relief with other more traditional methods, such as medication or physical therapy. There are various types of nerve blocks that can be used throughout the body, depending on the cause of the treatment. When a nerve block is injected into a group of nerves, called ganglions, this can block pain to a specific organ and/or region of the body. Some of the most common types of nerve blocks performed include:

  • Epidural Nerve Block: These are the most popular form of nerve block, and are commonly used to treat pain in the lower back, legs, or pelvis. An epidural needle is inserted into the space around the spinal cord in order to deliver medication directly to the affected area.
  • Peripheral Nerve Block: This type of nerve block numbs a specific area of the body by delivering medication to the affected nerves. Peripheral nerve blocks are often used for pain relief in the arms, legs, or hands.
  • Trigeminal Nerve Block: A trigeminal nerve block is a form of therapeutic pain block that involves injecting a local anesthetic into the trigeminal nerve. This nerve carries sensation from the face to the brain and is commonly responsible for chronic facial pain. Trigeminal nerve blocks can be used to treat a variety of different types of pain, including headaches, migraines, nerve pain, and muscle pain.

What Can I Expect From A Trigeminal Nerve Block?

This non-surgical procedure involves the insertion of a needle into the affected area in order to deliver medication. An ultrasound may also be used to guide the needle to the trigeminal nerve area. Nerve blocks tend to be performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you will be able to go home the same day.

The procedure takes about 30 minutes in most cases. After the procedure is completed, you should start to feel relief from your pain within a few hours. You will need to avoid extreme activities for the first day after the procedure to avoid any complications. The effects of the nerve block can last up to six months, depending on how your body metabolizes the medication.

Most side effects are minor and will go away on their own within a few days. There are a few potential side effects that can occur after getting a nerve block which includes bruising, tenderness, and numbness at the injection area. This procedure rarely can have more severe side effects. 

Am I A Good Candidate For A Trigeminal Nerve Block?

If you suffer from chronic facial pain that has not been relieved by other methods, such as medication or physical therapy, you may be a candidate for a Trigeminal Nerve Block. Your doctor will be able to determine if a Trigeminal nerve block is the right treatment option for you based on your specific condition and medical history. 

If you are living with chronic pain and find that it is affecting your enjoyment of day-to-day life, it may be time to seek treatment and pain management. MVM Health: Pain, Vein, and Wellness services LeHigh ValleyScrantonWilkes Barre, and surrounding communities. Reach out to us today to request an appointment. The experts at MVM Health would be glad to offer guidance and a variety of treatment methods for chronic pain. Call 570-445-2200 to request an appointment.

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