IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE | Wednesday, September 30, 2020
IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
We are making every effort to comply with public health and CDC guidelines, which include limiting patient exposure for non-essential services. Please only send patients for urgent imaging services until further notice.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are working to continue providing exceptional care and in doing so may need to reschedule some non-emergent or non-critical procedures and appointments.
All scheduled patients will be screened during appointment confirmation calls.
All scheduled patients will also be screened at their time of check-in.
Please call to reschedule your appointment if you have a cough, fever and/or shortness of breath or if you have been in close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
No walk-in patients.
No visitor or companion may come in the center.
Caregivers may assist patients entering the center and then leave during the exam.
A nerve block is an anti-inflammatory injection targeted toward a certain nerve or group of nerves to treat pain. The purpose of the injection is to “turn off” a pain signal coming from a specific location in your body or to decrease inflammation in that area. Image guidance may be used to help the doctor place the needle in the right location so that you can receive maximum benefit from the injection.
Typically, no advance preparation is required for a nerve root block exam; however, some exams require that you wear a gown during the procedure. You will probably be asked to use the bathroom before the procedure begins
Nerve blocks usually take only minutes to administer. The injection will be administered with a syringe much like one that would be used for a routine vaccination.
You will be positioned on a table or other surface to gain access to the area that will be injected. The doctor will then identify the spot the needle needs to be placed using image guidance. He or she will clean the area with antiseptic solution and then the needle will be inserted at a specific depth to deliver the medication as close to the problematic nerve(s) as possible.
After the injection, you will probably experience a sensation of pain relief in the area injected. You will be allowed to rest for 15 to 30 minutes to allow the medication to take effect. The nurse will also ensure that you don’t have any unexpected side effects and then you are free to leave.
A radiologist will review your exam images and report the findings to your doctor within 24 hours. Your doctor will then discuss the findings and next steps with you.