Intercostal Nerve Block

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Intercostal Nerve Block

Those suffering from rib pain understand how debilitating it can be. Whether it is from an injury, surgery, or an illness, such as shingles, there are circumstances where regular care, such as conservative therapies and medication, is not enough on its own. Our pain management doctors might recommend an intercostal nerve block to help provide the pain relief you need.

The intercoastal nerves runs down your spine and branch out to each of your ribs, sitting on the edge of each rib. Your doctor may use this procedure as a way of diagnosing the origin of your pain, as well as to treat your pain. Your doctor will have you lay on your side, then use x-rays to position the needle correctly. They will then administer an anesthetic and possibly a steroid for both immediate pain relief and delayed, but longer lasting relief. The procedure is an outpatient procedure that allows you to go home after a brief observation period, though it is recommended that you arrange a ride to and from the appointment.

If this procedure only provides temporary pain relief, your doctor may use the data gathered from this procedure to perform radiofrequency ablation on the treated nerves. This procedure is low risk, but includes bleeding, infection, and nerve damage as possible complications. Tell your doctor if you are on blood thinners, are immunosuppressed, have an active infection, or are pregnant, as these may bring complications. If you are suffering from pain in your ribs, please contact us right away and our experts will craft a personalized plan to lower your pain levels and allow you to live your best life.


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