Nerve Root Block

A nerve root block is a procedure that decreases inflammation and pain in a specific area of your body. This allows damaged nerves time to heal and to help find the specific cause of pain you are experiencing. Medicine is injected into your neck or spine guided by CT or X-ray image guidance. This is normally an outpatient procedure and only takes a few minutes to perform.

How to Prepare:

Follow all of your doctor’s instructions about fasting and taking medicine.

You will be given a hospital gown to wear.

You will need to use the restroom before the procedure begins.

What to Expect:

Lie on the table face down or on your side.

Nurses will be present and will help you stay comfortable.

The doctor will inject the medicine into your neck or spine.

You will feel a slight pinch when the needle is injected.

You may feel a tingling or pressure.

After the Procedure:

Follow all of your doctor’s instructions about self-care and follow-up.