What is the role of cervical spinal nerve blocks in pain management?

Updated: Jun 19, 2018
  • Author: Anthony H Wheeler, MD; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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Cervical spinal nerve blocks can alleviate pain caused by segmental neuralgia or by primary spinal lesions (eg, nerve root compression caused by disk protrusion, spondylosis, or neoplasm). In some cases, these blocks provide prognostic information, and. if successful. can be followed by neurolytic or neuroablative interruption of involved pathways, particularly when the pain is caused by cancer. Also, selective nerve root blocks are often used to determine whether a patient will respond to surgical decompression of the targeted spinal nerve.


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