A selective nerve root block (SNRB) is used primarily as a diagnostic tool to locate and isolate the exact level of a patient’s pain and symptoms. However, selective nerve root blocks may also be used as a therapeutic treatment option in some cases.
When to use a Selective Nerve Root Block
Selective nerve root blocks are most commonly used to locate and treat neck, arm, back and leg pain. When a nerve becomes inflamed or compressed, many patients experience chronic pain and symptoms. The selective nerve root block allows the doctor to inject medication to the area, silencing the nerve. This is used to identify the exact location of the compression based on the patient’s pain and symptoms directly following the injection. Selective nerve root blocks may also be used as a part of a patient’s pain management routine.
Will a Selective Nerve Root Block Cure My Spine Condition?
Selective nerve root blocks are not used as a cure, but rather can isolate and eliminate pain and symptoms for a short period of time. In most cases, a selective nerve root block will be used in conjunction with other treatment options to increase a patient’s overall quality of life
The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Approach
At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute we utilize selective nerve root blocks to both diagnose our patients’ pain and symptoms, and help alleviate those symptoms while we formalize a lasting treatment plan.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.