Nerve Block

Nerve Block services offered in Anchorage, AK

Numbness, burning, and tingling pain associated with nerve damage often feels crippling when left untreated. At Alaska Pain to Wellness Center in Anchorage, Alaska, pain management specialists Greg Wilkinson, PA-C, M.Ed, Steve Johnson, MD, and their exceptional team offer nerve block injections to ease nerve pain and help you live the pain-free life you deserve. Call the Alaska Pain to Wellness Center office or schedule an appointment online today.

Nerve Block Q&A

What is a nerve block?

Nerve blocks are injections that contain a local anesthetic that targets nerves, or groups of nerves, to reduce pain. Nerve blocks also help your specialist find the source of your pain. They diminish inflammation and can dramatically improve your quality of life.

What are nerve blocks used for?

The Alaska Pain to Wellness Center team could recommend nerve blocks if you struggle with:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Arm discomfort 
  • Leg pain 
  • Buttock discomfort
  • Facial pain
  • Nerve pain

Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre offers numerous pain-relieving injections in addition to nerve blocks. Examples include regenerative medicine and epidural injections. 

Is a nerve block right for me?

After reviewing your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle, the Alaska Pain to Wellness Center team lets you know if you’re a candidate for nerve blocks. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and often order blood tests, nerve tests, X-rays, or other imaging procedures.

Nerve blocks are minimally invasive treatments that may reduce your need to take addictive oral medication or undergo invasive surgery. 

What should I expect when getting a nerve block?

You might need to fast before undergoing a nerve block injection. Your pain specialist positions you on your side or stomach and uses X-ray guidance or ultrasound to access the precise injection site. They numb the treatment area and offer a sedative to help you relax. 

Your provider guides the nerve block injection using imaging to ensure it enters the right spot. They then inject medicine close to painful nerves. The procedure doesn’t take long, and there’s no downtime afterward.

What happens after the procedure?

If you receive a sedative before getting a nerve block, have a family member or friend drive you home. Follow all of your provider’s instructions. The pain relief could last up to several weeks, but every patient is different. 

To experience the best results possible, you might need repeat nerve block injections or other pain-relieving treatments like physical therapy, regenerative medicine, or nerve stimulation.

To find out if a nerve block is the best way to reduce ongoing pain, call the Alaska Pain to Wellness Center office or use the online booking feature today.