What is a thoracic medial branch block?

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What is a thoracic medial branch block?

What is a thoracic medial branch block? In a thoracic medial branch block, a local anesthetic (numbing medicine) is injected near the medial branch nerve. This temporarily stops the transmission of pain signals from the facet joint.

What happens during a medial branch block?

A medial branch block is an effective form of pain management that reduces pain by disrupting damaged nerves in facet joints from transmitting signals to the brain. The block involves the injection of an anesthetic, steroids, and a substance that destroys nerve tissue.

How long does a thoracic medial branch block last?

Sometimes it can take up to one week for the steroid to work or take affect. This block can last anywhere from weeks to months. If you get good, lasting pain relief from these injections the block may be repeated. If you receive only short term pain relief, medial branch nerve blocks may be needed.

How long after a medial branch block will you feel it?

The medial branch nerve block is designed to interrupt the pain signal being carried by the medial branch nerves supplying a specific facet joint. Because of this, patients may feel complete or partial pain relief during the first 4 to 6 hours after an injection.

What should you do after a medial branch block?

If the area is uncomfortable in the first two to three days after the injection, applying ice or a cold pack to the general area of the injection site will typically provide pain relief. On the day after the procedure, patients may return to their regular activities.

What comes after a medial branch block?

What Happens After the Procedure? Following your lumbar medial branch block, you will be moved to a recovery area where you will rest and be monitored for a short time, usually around 30 minutes. At discharge, you will need someone to drive you home.

Should you consider a medial branch block?

If you have back pain, it may be caused by damaged or inflamed nerves. Consider a medial branch block to help determine the root of the pain. Call Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552 to learn more about medial branch blocks and find out if this diagnostic tool is right for you.

What if a medial branch block does not work?

The good news is that if medial branch blocks are not successful, another option is to ask your doctor about injecting into the facet joint directly with local anesthetic and steroid. Ask U.S. doctors your own question and get educational, text answers — it’s anonymous and free! Doctors typically provide answers within 24 hours.

What is a diagnostic medial branch block?

The medial branch block (MBB) is a diagnostic test just like a chest x-ray,NOT a treatment.

  • Cervical Medial Branch Blocks (MBB) – The Neck
  • Thoracic Medial Branch Blocks (MBB) – The Mid-Back
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Blocks (MBB) – The Lower Back
  • How much does a cervical medial branch block cost?

    The cost utility analysis of therapeutic cervical medial branch blocks in chronic persistent neck pain in patients who failed to respond to conservative management, with inclusion of 120 patients with a 2-year follow-up showed QALY of USD $2,552 for direct procedural costs without inclusion of drug costs.