The purpose of nerve block injections can be twofold – they either can be used to diagnose a damaged/pinched nerve or to block painful sensations during surgeries. Nerve blocks are generally most effective when a single nerve or small group of nerves are causing pain. These injections can treat pinched nerves, chronic pain, neck pain, and back pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection is a technique that involves injecting a serum derived from blood into an injured tendon, ligament, muscle or joint. The shot is made from the plasma portion of your blood, which provides growth factors that can help quicken the healing process. This experimental therapy may provide pain relief medical conditions such as arthritis, knee pain, and tendonitis.
Radiofrequency ablation (RF ablation) therapy is a minimally invasive, drug-free treatment that involves destruction of abnormal tissue that may be causing pain. RF ablation uses electrical currents to burn nerve tissue and reduce pain signals and can be used to treat nerve damage, chronic migraines, lower back pain, chronic pain, and neck pain.
Surgery is often a useful approach to correcting an underlying pain condition. It is usually employed only once conservative treatment options fail. In individuals with chronic pain, orthopedic surgeons can decompress nerve roots, enlarge your spinal canal, stabilize segments of the spine or correct other deformities. Other common procedures include joint replacement surgery for patients with severe arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While surgery can be an effective treatment option for pain relief, a variety of side effects and risks are associated with this treatment, typically making it the last line treatment option after all other options have been exhausted.
SPINAL CORD STIMULATION
A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is a small implantable device that sends electrical impulses that work to block pain signals from reaching the brain. Spinal cord stimulators can be used to manage various types of chronic pain such as lower back pain, post-surgical pain, injuries to the spinal cord, etc.
VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION
Vagus nerve stimulation is a specific type of nerve stimulation that was originally developed for treating seizures in drug-resistant epilepsy, but studies found that it provides pain relief by reducing pain, migraines, cluster headaches, treatment-resistant epilepsy, and depression.
A pain pump is a surgically implanted device designed to deliver an anesthetic directly to the spinal cord in order to provide local anesthesia to one part of the body. Pain pumps may also be used to deliver drugs to relieve muscle stiffness or neuropathic pain if other strategies have failed and surgery is not an option.