Medial Branch Block
Who ? - Medial Branch Blocks are used for patients with pain stemming from arthritis, inflammation, or irritation of the facet joints in the back or neck.
What ? - A Medial Branch Nerve Block is an injection of local anesthetic outside the facet joint near the tiny, but very painful nerves that supply the joint.
Why ? - This block is an essential diagnostic test to prove where your pain is coming from. Two of these tests are required by most insurances. If the tests are successful, there is revolutionary procedure called Radiofrequency Neuroablation which has given thousands of patients years of pain relief. This is the best treatment to come along in years.
Where ? - Facet Joints are located between each vertebra, and they allow you to bend and twist your back. The nerve supplying the joint is called the Medial Branch Nerve