Median Branch Blocks

  • Median branch nerves are small nerves that carry
    pain signals from the facet joints.
  • They are located along the bony groove of the lower
    back, neck and over the bone of the mid-back.
  • A median nerve block, through a numbing medicine,
    temporarily interrupts the pain signal being carried
    by the median branch nerves that supply a
    specific facet joint.
  • If the duration of the pain relief is of suitable length,
    then the patient may be suitable for a neurotomy.
  • A radiofrequency neurotomy is a type of procedure in
    which a heat lesion is produced by a special needle,
    thus interrupting the pain signals to the brain.
  • This procedure can provide you relief from pain from
    at least nine to fourteen months,if not more.

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