Interventional Pain Management

Tests and Procedures

Peripheral Nerve Injections

Peripheral nerve injections (also referred to as peripheral nerve blocks) are injections of local anesthetic (often with a steroid) into targeted areas of the peripheral nervous system.

Why Might I Need a Peripheral Nerve Injection?

The peripheral nerves are essential body components in that they connect the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to the rest of the body. If you suffer from neuralgia (pain resulting from damaged nerves or other nervous system issues), anesthetic could be the answer to help you manage your pain or discomfort.  Among the reasons you might be experiencing neuralgia:

  • Ischemia
  • Nerve compression
  • Trauma to the nerves

Peripheral nerve injections can be the best way to manage pain you are receiving from peripheral nerve issues. A medical professional from DSP Health System can help you determine whether a peripheral nerve injection is the right treatment for your condition.

Negative Side Effects of Peripheral Nerve Blocks are Rare

It should be noted that peripheral nerve block procedures rarely result in negative side effects. However, in these rare circumstances the patient may experience infection, bruising, or nerve injuries. You might also experience inflammation related to the injection, although this can be treated with light periods of icing.