Nerve Pain Relief to Support a Healthier, More Active Lifestyle
Upcoming summer activities, such as hiking and biking, can play a great role in nerve damage, and unfortunately treating nerve pain can be difficult. Unlike other chronic pain procedures, treatment for nerve damage has to be targeted and localized, combating the pain right at the nerve itself.
The knee specialists and pain management physicians of Physician Partners of America offer a range of alternative pain management treatments designed to target nerve pain right at the source. This allows us to switch off the pain transmission without damaging any of the surrounding tissue!
Treatment Options for Nerve Pain
Radio Frequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment, providing fast and long-lasting relief for nerve damage pain. Nerves are stimulated by electrodes, allowing the doctor to identify exactly where the pain is originating. After applying a local anesthetic, a hollow needle is inserted into the affected area. An electrode is threaded through the needle, and a specialized machine creates a small electric current that reacts with the nerve to switch off pain transmission.
Celiac Plexus Block
A celiac plexus block procedure is designed to combat nerve pain in the abdominal and lower back region. This procedure works by blocking the celiac plexus bundle, a cluster of nerves located in the abdomen, from sending pain signals to the spinal cord. A local anesthetic and steroid medication are injected into the celiac plexus bundle, relaxing tensed muscles and blocking pain transmission. While there may be some pain at the injection site, patients can expect a speedy recovery and long-lasting relief.
Stellate Ganglion Block
The stellate ganglion nerves run from the neck to the mid-shoulder, and a small amount of damage from tennis, rock climbing, or another outdoor activity can cause chronic neck and shoulder pain. Stellate ganglion block involves the injection of anesthetics directly into the stellate ganglion, numbing and relaxing the surrounding tissue and reducing or stopping pain transmission from the nerve cluster to the spinal cord. A harmless dye is typically injected along with the anesthetics to ensure that the nerves have been completely treated.
As you can see, though it can be a challenge to relieve nerve pain, there is a range of treatment options available. Schedule your appointment today to discuss the most appropriate treatment method for your chronic pain and be on your way to a healthy, happy, and pain-free lifestyle!