What Is A Nerve Block for Sciatic Pain?

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A sciatic nerve block is a minimally invasive procedure, or a moderate injection-based treatment option commonly used for patients who suffer from severe, debilitating sciatic nerve pain or for those who continue to suffer from unrelenting pain despite attempting conservative treatment methods. It helps to block the transfer of sensory information from the lower extremities to the spinal cord and brain, thus reducing or eliminating sciatic nerve pain. In this specific case, the injection is given into the lower lumbar spine so as to mitigate the symptoms of sciatica complaints. Sciatic nerve block procedures focus on injecting a corticosteroid adjacent to a peripheral nerve rather than injecting the medication directly into the nerve root. However, although being effective, these injections certainly demonstrate a variety of negative characteristics. As such, every patient should think twice before acquiescing to invasive care. The most common side effects are:
  • Injection site tenderness following the procedure
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Bleeding and infection (rare)
If your experience any symptoms of an infection (a fever or severe unremitting pain), please talk to your doctor immediately. Keyword: nerve block sciatica pain
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