Nerve Blocks

Nerve blocks can reduce or eliminate pain in an area supplied by a particular nerve or network of nerves. They work by stopping the transmission of nerve impulses. Peripheral nerve blocks are performed quite commonly to alleviate pain in a limited area, such as arm or leg.

Most invasive blockades will be performed in an appropriate setting at the hospital

Breaking the cycle of pain

Nerve block procedures are used to break the cycle of chronic pain which patients experience. The pain-free time can also be used to perform physical therapy, which would not be possible if pain were present.

Acute pain can also be treated with a targeted blockade, such as an intercostal block for fractured ribs or a stellate ganglion block (GLOA-ganglion local opioid analgesia) for trigeminal neuralgia.

Most invasive blocking procedures - such as sympathetic and somatic nerve blocks, neuraxial blocks and epidural or spinal blocks - are performed in a hospital setting. Invasive procedures such as these should only be performed by a well-trained and experienced physician.

Selective effect, calculable duration

Nerve blocks have a wide range of application in pain therapy and can be implemented for diagnostic, prognostic, prophylactic and therapeutic purposes.

They produce a selective and specific effect which begins to work quickly and whose duration is calculable.

Their effect can be strengthened and extended through repeated treatments.