What is Nerve Block?

Category: Procedures

Most popular types: Sympathetic nerve blocks Spinal nerve block Spinal Nerve Root Injections - bilaterial Show all


See also: Cluneal nerve block

A nerve block relieves pain by interrupting how pain signals are sent to your brain. It is done by injecting a substance, such as alcohol or phenol, into or around a nerve or into the spine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 25 5
Pain in lower back 14 10
Complex regional pain syndrome type I 4 2
Meralgia paresthetica 4 4
Migraine headaches 4 5

Show all 41 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 11
Mild 5
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nerve Block

Side effect Patients
Injection site pain 3
Pain 3
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2
Asthma 1
Ataxia (lack of coordination) 1
Burning sensation 1

Show all 22 reported side effects


Based on patients currently having Nerve Block

Dosage Patients
every 8 weeks 3
as needed 2
every 12 weeks 1
weekly 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 20
Usually 3
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 13
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped having Nerve Block and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Ketamine 1
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1 patient evaluation for Nerve Block

Jun 8, 2012 (Started Jun 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (pain)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Warn anyone you work or live with that you will hurt so much worse for at least 24 to 48 hrs. Then gradually return to your level of normal activities. I had no idea,surprise.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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