Diagnostic Medial Branch Nerve Injections
The Diagnostic Branch Blocks is an outpatient procedure used to diagnose pain in the facet joint. Facet joints are located between the vertebrae, they allow motion and provide stability. First, a local anesthetic numbs the injection site. Then, contrast dye is used to ensure proper placement in the Medial Branch Nerve. Finally, an anesthetic is injected on the targeted nerve. If immediate pain relief is experienced after the injection, the patient could be a candidate for another procedure that can provide results over a longer period of time. Discussing the benefits and risks with your doctor is strongly encouraged; results vary on a case-to-case basis.