Nerve root injections, also known as nerve block injections, are a type of treatment that involves injecting a small amount of medication into or near a nerve root. The purpose of the injection is to reduce pain and inflammation in the affected area.
There are several different types of nerve root injections, including:
- Epidural injections: These injections are made into the space around the spinal cord (called the epidural space). They can be used to treat pain in the neck, back, or legs.
- Facet joint injections: These injections are made into the small joints in the spine called facet joints. They can be used to treat pain in the neck or back.
- Selective nerve root block: This is a type of injection that is made directly into the nerve root. It can be used to diagnose and treat pain that is coming from a specific nerve root.
Nerve root injections are typically done with the help of a fluoroscope, which is a special X-ray machine that allows the healthcare provider to see the injection as it is being given. The injections are usually done in a doctor’s office or an outpatient surgery center, and they typically take only a few minutes to complete.
Nerve root injections can be effective in reducing pain, but they are not a permanent solution. They may need to be repeated several times to provide lasting relief. It’s important to discuss the risks and benefits of nerve root injections with a healthcare provider before deciding if this treatment is right for you.