A root block can solve your pain problem at its source, the base of the nerve. At Florida Medical Pain Management, the team of interventional pain management specialists offers root blocks to people suffering from acute or chronic pain due to injury or disease. Call one of the offices in St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, and Spring Hill, Florida, or use the online tool to set up an appointment today and find relief.
Root Blocks Q & A
What pain issues can a root block address?
When you feel pain radiate through your arms, legs, hands, and feet, it could be an indication that a base nerve that runs along your spine is damaged in some way.
The most common areas to suffer compression or trauma are the nerves in your lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck) spine. The discs that make up your spine can bulge or herniate to irritate the nerve roots in these areas. As a result, you can experience shoulder or neck pain or numbness and tingling in your legs and buttocks.
Sensations of pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness can indicate that nerve issues are interfering with the transmission of nerve signals throughout your body.
How does a root block work?
During a root block, your provider injects local anesthetic and steroids into the base of the nerve. The injection is guided to the precise spot using an X-ray.
The injection can be diagnostic, so it determines the cause of your pain. It can also be therapeutic and designed to ease your pain.
A root block can sometimes help the practitioners know if you might benefit from surgery or if you would benefit from continued injections.
What should I expect during a root block injection?
The doctors at Florida Medical Pain Management use X-ray imaging to guide a needle into your nerve root. When the right spot is identified, your doctor injects a combination of a local anesthetic (for the pain) and a steroid (to reduce the inflammation).
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, so you go home right after your treatment to recover. You won’t be able to drive for some time after the procedure, so expect to take time off from your normal activities. You might also be a little sore or tender.
The steroid usually takes a few days to take effect. You should avoid using a tub, shower, or pool soak for the remainder of the day. It’s fine to resume your normal medications and diet after the procedure.
How long will the pain relief from the root block last?
Every person reacts differently to root blocks. Some patients get relief for up to a year, while others need an injection every 3-4 months to maintain their effect. The team at Florida Medical Pain Management will set up an evaluation and treatment plan that’s right for you.
To learn more about root blocks for pain management, call Florida Medical Pain Management or book an appointment using the online tool.