Nerve Blocks Overview

Nerve Block Injections are advanced nonsurgical diagnostic and pain relief treatments performed by the region’s leading pain management experts at Nassau Anesthesia Associates, P.C., a medical group affiliated with Winthrop-University Hospital on Long Island, NY.

In addition to providing anesthesia care for patients before, during, and after surgery, Nassau Anesthesia Associates has anesthesiologists with advanced training in the field of pain management. We utilize the most advanced nonsurgical techniques for treating acute and chronic pain that hasn’t responded to more conservative treatments.

Nerve Blocks

When a specific nerve or nerve group causes painful conditions, the nerves can be blocked with an injection of a local anesthetic or steroids. Nerve block is a general term that encompasses several types of injections for peripheral nerves, sympathetic nerves, and spinal nerves. A nerve block injection can relieve many symptoms like pain, swelling, sweating, and inflammation, while alleviating enough stress for the nerve to be able to heal itself. Some patients have experienced relief lasting several months to several years.

Types of Nerve Blocks

Nerve blocks can be used both for diagnostic purposes as well as therapeutic treatments. Blocking the nerve allows the physician to determine if a nerve or cluster of nerves is causing the issues. Different types of imaging guidance are used in tandem with nerve blocks to properly identify the target area. The most common nerve block injections include:

Nerve Root Blocks

Local anesthetic and a steroid medication are injected under X-ray guidance where the nerve exits the spinal column.

Stellate Ganglion Blocks

This is performed to determine if the source of pain is the sympathetic nerve chain that supplies the head, neck, chest, or arms.

Pudendal Nerve Blocks

These versatile injections can be diagnostic, preliminary, or therapeutic. They’re used for vaginal deliveries, episiotomies, minor vaginal surgery, minor surgery of the perineum, pain relief for pudenal nerve entrapment, and to diagnose conditions such as pudenal neuralgia.

Sympathetic Nerve Blocks

This procedure is performed to determine if there is damage to the sympathetic nerve chain which extends the length of the spine. The sympathetic nerves control involuntary functions like blood flow, digestion, and sweating.

Hypogastric Plexus Blocks

This is used to treat pelvic pain resulting from conditions in the colon, bladder, lower intestines, uterus, ovaries, prostate, testicles, or other pelvic areas.

Peripheral Nerve Blocks

These are widely used for surgical anesthesia as well as for both postoperative and nonsurgical pain relief.

Meet our Elite Team of Anesthesiologists and Pain Management Specialists

The highly skilled anesthesiologists at Nassau Anesthesia Associates, P.C. have several additional years of anesthesia specialty training such as cardiac, pediatric, or intensive care medicine.

Our affiliation with renowned Winthrop-University Hospital provides our patients with complete access to Winthrop’s vast resources including physicians and state-of-the-art operating rooms and facilities.

The Winthrop-University Hospital Advantage

Nassau Anesthesia Associates’ affiliation with renowned Winthrop-University Hospital provides our patients with complete access to Winthrop’s vast resources including physicians and state-of-the-art operating rooms and facilities.