Treatments Offered- Selective Nerve Root Block (Transforaminal Injection)

In this procedure, the medication (most commonly steroid + anesthetic) is injected close to one particular nerve root as it exits from the intervertebral foramen (hole in between the vertebral bone). During this procedure the steroid is concentrated on one particular nerve root that is inflamed by disc diseases (bulging or herniated) or arthritis. (Steroid is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication which reduces the inflammation of the nerve root.) It is more useful when pain is due to inflammation of only one or two nerve roots causing unilateral leg pain or arm pain. It has also a diagnostic purpose to identify which nerve root is causing pain. If the nerve root injection provides pain relief, then that nerve root is responsible for pain.

During this procedure, the patient lies face down on a procedure table. The area is cleansed with an antiseptic solution. The area is first anesthetized by numbing medicine. A needle is then placed in a proper position with X-ray guidance (Fluoroscopy). After needle placement, contrast material (X-ray dye) is injected to confirm proper needle position. Following that, the steroid is injected. The actual procedure takes only 5-10 minutes. It can be done under local anesthetic only or under local anesthetic with conscious sedition as desired.

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Disclaimer: This information is for general informational purpose only. Specific recommendation for your pain condition can be made only after evaluation by Dr. Shukla.


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