Cervical Selective Nerve Root Block

This procedure is often done to help find the cause of your neck and arm pain and also can assist in the treatment of the pain. These nerves travel from your neck to your arms. Pressure or irritation of these nerves will result in neck pain, arm pain or both. The most common reason this might occur is with a herniated disc. By using local anesthetic and “turning off" the nerve, we can have some idea as to the cause of your pain. In addition, by placing a small amount of steroid onto the nerve root we can help relieve the inflammation and swelling of the nerve. This will usually result in improved pain relief. You will have an intravenous line (IV) inserted before the procedure. A small needle will be inserted in your upper or middle back near the spine. The needle will always be inserted under X-ray guidance as this helps guide the needle to the exact location. When the needle is in the correct position, local anesthetic and steroid will be injected to temporarily 'turn off' the nerve and decrease the inflammation. After the procedure, you will be watched closely by in the recovery area.