Pain can certainly impact quality of life. For relief, many people turn to nerve blocks, which are injections of steroids and local anesthetic directly into the nerve in the painful area. They can help some patients avoid surgery.
Chronic low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Chiropractic Association, with some experts estimating that as much as 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
After careful consideration, you and your doctor have decided that the next best step in your pain management plan is a nerve block injection. What exactly is it, and what can you expect before, during, and after the procedure? The following guide will help calm your nerves.