As indicated, there are diagnostic and therapeutic nerve blocking techniques. Therapeutic blocks involve application of local anesthetics plus steroids around the nerves. On occasion, physicians resort to longer lasting neurodestruction.
One of the most common ways used in America to block nerves is by injecting a steroid epidurally. These blocks are effective in patients who suffer from disc herniation with radiculopathy. A specific type of epidural block that employs transforaminal techniques is used to decrease inflammation around nerves. Overall, epidurals are thought to be safe and effective and should be considered in patients with known disc herniation or lesion.
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