Selective Nerve Root Block

Selective Nerve Root Block (SNRB)

What is it:
SNRB is a procedure that targets specific nerves and relieves the pain caused by inflammation.The procedure is both diagnostic and therapeutic. It helps the physician determine the location and cause of your pain. To ensure proper placement of the medication the procedure is done under fluoroscopy or x-ray.

Who Benefits:
SNRB is an excellent treatment for patients with back and leg pain.

SNRB is a procedure that is performed to determine if a specific spinal nerve is the source of pain. By injecting steroid medication the inflammation is reduced thus alleviating the pain.

How is it Done:
While lying on an x-ray table your skin will be cleansed and prepared. A local anesthetic is given to numb the skin surface. A physician locates under fluoroscopy a specific nerve root. A needle is then inserted and an anesthetic and steroid medication is injected into the area bathing the nerve root.

What to Expect:
Following the procedure you may experience some initial discomfort but once the medication reaches the inflamed area your pain should hopefully be relieved.

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