The nerve root block medications consist of a numbing agent and a steroid agent. The numbing medication is usually lidocaine, which is also what dentists use to numb your gums before a dental procedure. The steroid agent provides an anti-inflammatory effect and helps to calm the nerve and reduce swelling in nearby tissues.
When a Nerve Root Block is Needed
Our doctors may recommend that you have a nerve root block as a diagnostic procedure or for the treatment of pain. The nerve root block procedure can be done in order to find the source of your pain. Since the procedure’s effects are immediate, you will be able to tell the doctor when your pain goes away. That explains to the doctor which nerve is affected. The injection can also be used for pain management. The injections can be repeated as needed for relief.