Medial branch nerve blocks are a type of medical treatment that involves injecting a special medicine into the nerves in your spine. These nerves are called medial branch nerves, and they transmit pain signals from the facet joints to your brain.
The procedure involves a doctor numbing your skin with a small needle and then inserting a larger needle near the nerve. They use X-ray guidance to make sure the needle is in the right spot, and then inject the medicine.
After the injection, you may feel some temporary numbness or weakness in the area. However, many people experience significant relief from their back pain after the injection.
It’s important to note that this procedure should only be done under the guidance of a medical professional and after careful consideration of your individual health needs.