Peripheral Nerve Blocks in Manhattan, NY

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WHAT ARE PERIPHERAL NERVE BLOCKS?

A peripheral nerve block is a procedure that can be performed both as a diagnostic and/or therapeutic intervention to help treat inflamed or damaged nerves. The peripheral nervous system can be thought of as a tree with multiple branches extending outward from the trunk. In this tree analogy, the spinal cord is the trunk and the peripheral nerves are the branches that travel into the arms, legs and other parts of the body. Sometimes when there is an injury, trauma, surgery, or chronic disease, these nerves can be inflamed or irritated and cause pain. Peripheral nerve blocks are procedures that aim to calm down these inflamed nerves and improve your pain.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR PERIPHERAL NERVE BLOCKS?

Patients who are experiencing acute or chronic nerve related pain may benefit from peripheral nerve blocks. Pain from peripheral nerves can come from a variety of sources including trauma, surgery, chronic disease, or autoimmune disease. During your first visit with your physician, we will review your medical, social and family history as well as perform a physical examination to determine if this treatment option is right for you.

HOW IS A PERIPHERAL NERVE BLOCK PERFORMED?

Peripheral nerve blocks are performed in our AAAASF surgical suite. Using live ultrasound and/or x-ray guidance, our physicians are able to locate the specific nerve that is causing your pain and inject local anesthetic and steroid around the nerve to help alleviate your pain. If the pain improves with a local anesthetic block, you may be a candidate for more long-term pain relief through a radiofrequency ablation procedure. Depending on the nerve, you may be a candidate for this procedure. Using radiofrequency ablation, our physicians may be able to limit the amount of sensation the nerve delivers to your brain and thus eliminate the pain that you feel from this damaged or inflamed nerve.

Another treatment option that you may be a candidate for is nerve hydrodissection using platelet lysate (PL). This is a Regenexx regenerative medicine procedure where the inflamed nerve may be treated with a super refined platelet-rich plasma (PRP) product called platelet lysate (PL). Platelet lysate is the immediate-release version of PRP with a very high concentration of growth factors. When PL is injected around nerves, it functions like a very strong anti-inflammatory medication much like steroid, but without any of the side effects. Additionally, because PL is full of growth factors, it can actually help stimulate nerve healing while your pain improves.

If you would like to learn more about peripheral nerve blocks and/or or our novel Regenexx platelet lysate procedures, please contact our midtown Manhattan office today to book your consultation.

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