Cervical Medial Branch Block Injections
The facet joints in the cervical spine allow the neck to bend and twist. When these joints become inflamed with arthritis or have other damage, they can irritate nerves and cause neck pain. Diagnosing facet joint issues can be the first step in finding the right pain treatment for neck pain relief. One option we use at CLEAR Wellness Group to diagnosis neck pain is cervical medial branch block injections, available at our clinic in Chicago.
Small medial nerves are connected to the cervical facet joints. When facet joints are inflamed or damaged, these medial nerves can cause localized pain. A cervical medial branch block injection delivers a local anesthetic to specific facet joints in the neck. This process helps identify damaged facet joints that are causing nerve pain. While the anesthetic does wear off, the injections can provide diagnostic information to determine which facet joints are causing neck pain and require further treatment, including radiofrequency ablation injections.
Cervical Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Injections
One option for relieving medial nerve pain is cervical radiofrequency ablation (RFA) injections. If a cervical medial branch block injection is effective in short-term neck pain relief, RFA injections can offer long-lasting nerve pain relief. This treatment utilizes radiofrequency heat delivered through a nerve to specific medial nerves. This nerve ablation process disrupts nerve pain signals at the source, providing long-term pain relief. Cervical RFA injections can be performed in-office using image-guidance, with little or no downtime required after the procedure.
Osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions in the cervical joints can cause chronic medial nerve pain. For an accurate diagnosis and treatment for nerve neck pain, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago. We offer cervical medial branch block injections for diagnostic purposes and cervical radiofrequency ablation (RFA) injections for neck pain relief.