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.
Sciatica is common, but it’s not normal. Still, that irritation or inflammation of the largest nerve in the body, which runs from the lower spine through the butt and down each leg, affects some three million Americans.
A rigorous round of golf leads to back pain. A muscle is strained. Sure, there are nerves in the area, but there’s nothing wrong with them. It’s just the muscle needs time to relax. Or maybe there is nerve damage. Or injury to a facet joint in the spine.
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.