Interventional Pain Management

Tests and Procedures


Selective Nerve Root Blocks

Nerve roots emerge through foramina (essentially holes) along the spine. However, when these foramina start to close or become condensed due to conditions such as bone spurs or bulging discs, this can squeeze and pinch the nerve roots, resulting in sharp pains.

In order to battle the pain and irritation caused by the pinching of the nerve roots, a local anesthetic can be injected into the affected nerve roots to relieve the symptoms.

What Can Cause Issues in My Nerve Roots? What are the Symptoms?

A number of different conditions can cause the foramina to reduce in size and pinch the nerve roots. These can range from bulging discs to herniated discs to bone spurs to various spinal traumas.

The Benefits and Risks of Selective Nerve Root Blocks

A selective nerve root block procedure has two ways in which it can be beneficial. It can have a therapeutic result, where it can provide pain relief, or it can have a diagnostic result, where it can target which nerve is being affected.

There is a low chance of side effects for this procedure, however they do exist. These can include bleeding, infection, nerve damage, and ineffectiveness of the procedure. In order to minimize the chances of potential negative side effects, you should consult with a medical professional from DSP Health System who can advise whether this is the right course of action for you and perform the procedure effectively so that you can receive the best results.