If you experience ongoing back, neck, arm, or leg pain, help is available at the Pain Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas. Board-certified pain medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Katherine Travnicek, MD, offers nerve blocks to ease discomfort so you can live life to its fullest. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Nerve blocks are injections of medications that reduce pain in certain areas of your body. The injections help Dr. Travnicek diagnose or eliminate pain in your:
The injections often contain anti-inflammatory medicines, along with an anesthetic, to reduce nerve discomfort.
The main benefits of nerve blocks include less pain and a better quality of life. The procedure is fast and highly effective for lasting pain relief. It also reduces inflammation with little to no downtime afterward. Dr. Travnicek might recommend additional pain-relieving treatments, such as physical therapy or lifestyle changes, along with nerve blocks.
Dr. Travnicek lets you know if you’re a candidate for nerve blocks after reviewing your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle. She checks your vital signs, completes a physical exam, will order nerve tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures.
Follow Dr. Travnicek’s instructions before you undergo nerve blocks. If you’re planning to receive a sedative to reduce anxiety, arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure. You might also need to fast for a period of time before your scheduled appointment.
When getting nerve blocks, you lie down on your side or stomach on an X-ray table, allowing Dr. Travnicek to access the injection site. She offers you a mild sedative intravenously to reduce any anxiety.
She then numbs the treatment area before using ultrasound or X-rays to guide needle placement and inject medicine into the most appropriate location. You then rest for a period of time before going home the same day.
After you receive nerve blocks, you can usually return to normal activities the next day. The pain should subside for a few days up to several weeks, but every patient is different. You might need multiple nerve block injections to experience long-lasting pain relief. Dr. Travnicek monitors you periodically to ensure you stay pain-free and alters your treatment plan if needed.
To learn more about nerve blocks at the Pain Institute of Nevada, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.