What is the role of cervical medial branch blocks for pain management?

Updated: Jun 19, 2018
  • Author: Anthony H Wheeler, MD; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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Cervical medial branch blocks also can produce anesthesia of cervical facets. These medial branches of the cervical dorsal rami travel across the waist of the articular pillars (a point proximal to the origin of the articular branches). Here, the nerves have a constant relationship to bone and are more easily accessible by either a posterior or lateral approach. See the image below.

Cervical spine local injection technique into the Cervical spine local injection technique into the cavity of the right C5-C6 zygapophyseal joint (lateral view). See text for details.

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