A medial branch block is a procedure primarily used as a diagnostic test to assist in the diagnosis of facet joint-related conditions. During the procedure, a small amount of anesthetic is injected into the nerve connected to the impacted facet joint. If the patient experiences temporary relief, it is an indication that a more permanent treatment, such as radio frequency ablation, will be successful in providing long term relief.
When to use a Medial Branch Block
A medial branch block is used primarily to locate the facet joint that is causing the patient’s pain and symptoms. By injecting a small amount of anesthetic into the surrounding nerves, the doctor is able to quantify associated pain and symptoms based on the patient’s relief.
Will a Medial Branch Block Cure My Spine Condition?
A medial branch block is used to numb the signals that are being sent from the nerves surrounding the targeted facet joint believed to be the source of the patient’s pain. This allows the doctor to locate the exact area responsible for the patient’s debilitating pain and symptoms. Once located, the doctor will be able to recommend further treatment options.
Because the medial branch block is simply a diagnostic procedure that numbs the area in order to identify the source of the pain, a more permanent procedure will be pursed to provide long term relief.
The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Approach
Chronic pain and symptoms can have a debilitating impact on a patient’s ability to enjoy their life. At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute it is our mission to ensure that every patient finds the highest level of relief possible. After the medial branch block, our expert medical professionals will be able to craft a personalized care plan to treat the underlying conditions causing your pain and symptoms.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.