What to Expect After Receiving a Nerve Block

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek medical care. It’s estimated that about 20% of adults in the United States suffer from pain that persists long after an initial injury or illness.

While there’s no cure for chronic pain, nerve blocks can provide temporary long-term relief and even permanent relief in some cases. To give you an idea of what’s involved with local nerve blocks, we’ve highlighted how they work and what you can expect after receiving one.

What are nerve blocks?

Pain is felt when your nerves are sending and receiving pain signals. Nerve blocks prevent or “block” the pain messages from getting to your brain. Nerve block procedures are often used in surgery, recovery, and pain management

Common uses for nerve blocks include treating:

Types of nerve blocks include:



What to expect after receiving a local nerve block

People respond differently to nerve blocks. Some may feel immediate relief after a single injection, while others may need multiple treatments before the pain subsides. It also depends on your pain. Multiple nerve groups can be sending and receiving pain signals, which may require multiple injections.

In most cases, we provide a local anesthetic to make the actual nerve block injection more comfortable. Once the local anesthetic wears off, you may feel soreness at the injection site. There can also be swelling or bruising around the injection site, but that typically goes away in a day or two.

Receiving a nerve block treatment is an outpatient procedure. Most people return to their normal routine immediately or by the following day. The nerve block treatment is considered among the safest medical procedures available, but the local side effects can include rash, soreness, itching or bleeding at the injection site.

Relief from a nerve block injection can last from weeks to several months depending on your specific case.

Interested in discussing a nerve block?

Nerve blocks are just one way we manage pain at Premier Pain Institute. If you want to learn if this option fits you, you can visit our office in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Sham Vengurlekar is a surgeon who brings nearly four decades of pain management experience to patients in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas.

If you have debilitating pain that won’t go away, call 480-500-8703 or request an appointment

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