Diagnostic Medial Branch Nerve Injections

Diagnostic Medial Branch Nerve Injections are nonsurgical diagnostic procedures 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.

The medial branch nerve injection targets the facet joints, or zygapophysial joints which are part of the bony framework of the spine from the base of the skull down to the base of the spine. The small bony projections connect with other facets joints in the vertebrae above and below.

Reasons for Medical Branch Nerve Injections

Sometimes, due to a variety of acute and chronic conditions, the facet joints can become inflamed. For the lumbar facet joints, pain is usually felt in the lower back, radiating down to the buttocks and upper thighs. Standing or bending backwards tends to worsen the pain. When the facet joints in cervical spine (neck area) are inflamed, the patient generally suffers from pain in the neck and shoulders. Symptoms tend to worsen when moving the head side-to-side or up and down.

A medial branch nerve injection, or medial branch block, is the process of of injecting anaesthetic into the small medial nerves that supply the facet joints of the spine. Typically these injections are done on more than one area of the spine at a time. This procedure is performed primarily as a diagnostic test to determine the source of pain. If the injection provides pain relief, the physician can then see that the pain is coming from specific facet joints of the spine.

This allows your doctor to better understand which treatments or corrective procedures may need to be done to provide effective pain relief.

A medial branch nerve injection is not a permanent solution. It is mainly a diagnostic test to determine if subsequent procedures can more successfully correct or improve the existing condition. Medial nerve blocks can provide relief for up to six hours, but are usually performed only once.

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.