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Common Questions About Medical Treatments

What is Peripheral Nerve Block?

A peripheral nerve block is an injection therapy that reduces the pain of different neuropathies, including peripheral neuropathy, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, migraine, and neuropathic pain.

 

What Types of Pain Does a Peripheral Nerve Block Treat?

Long term pain from different neuropathies, including:

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Diabetic neuropathy

  • Migraines

 

How Does a Peripheral Nerve Block Work?

This regional nerve block procedure injects a combination of local anesthesia and mannitol around the peripheral nerve branches for optimal pain relief, blocking pain signals released from the targeted nerves sent to your brain, along with initiating the body’s natural healing response to repair the cells in the area. 

 

What are trigger point injections?

Trigger point injections are a minimally invasive treatment option for relieving muscle pain and stiffness caused by trigger points or “knots” in the muscles. A licensed healthcare professional administers the injection, which typically contains a local anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid, to relax the muscle and alleviate pain.

 

Who can benefit from trigger point injections?

Individuals experiencing muscle pain and stiffness due to trigger points may benefit from trigger point injections. This treatment is especially helpful for those suffering from myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, tension headaches, neck and back pain, and chronic muscle pain.

Are trigger point injections painful?

Patients may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, but the local anesthetic in the injection helps to numb the area, minimizing pain. Some patients report a brief stinging sensation during the injection, which typically subsides quickly.

 

How long does the trigger point injection procedure take?

Trigger point injection procedures are typically quick, lasting only a few minutes per injection site. The total duration of the treatment depends on the number of trigger points being addressed.

What is viscosupplementation?

Viscosupplementation is a procedure that involves injecting hyaluronic acid, a gel-like fluid, directly into the joint. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the synovial fluid surrounding the joints to reduce friction during movement. The injection goes into effect by lubricating the joint and assisting the synovial fluid to create more cushion. This works to reduce pain and improve the range of motion or the mobility of the joint.

 

What is viscosupplementation made of?

Viscosupplementation is made of hyaluronic acid and its derivative called Hyalgan. These are viscous substances which mimic the characteristics to allow the joint to move smoothly. There are numerous medications out on the market with some of them being Gelsyn3, Supartz, Orthovisc, Euflexxa, Monovisc and many others.

 

How long does viscosupplementation last?

Each patients’ outcomes can vary based off numerous factors but hyaluronic acid fillers usually last more than six months. Some patients do not need to have another series of injections until they are symptomatic again.

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