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Nerve Injections Performed in Clinic

Procedures

Trigger point injections
Greater Occipital nerve block
Other superficial peripheral nerve injections

Description and Presentation

There are a number of injections which can be performed in the outpatient clinic to reduce pain due to a neuralgia. The patient may experience symptoms as varied as headaches, facial pain or limb pain. Depending upon the symptoms a nerve may be injected with local anaesthetic and steroid resulting in a reduction in the pain.

Investigation

These include X-ray or MRI scans.

Nerve Injections Performed in Clinic

Non operative treatment will be discussed with you at your consultation. Depending on your particular situation, these can include measures such as physiotherapy, medication, and acupuncture.

If an injection is required the appropriate area is sprayed with antiseptic prior to being injected with local anaesthetic and steroid. At this point a fine needle will be positioned and once the needle is in position, the injection is given. The details of the procedure, its specific risks and potential complications will be discussed with you prior to your procedure.

Nerve Injections Performed in Clinic

The pain relieving effect of these injections may not be apparent for up to two weeks.

You will experience back discomfort for a few days after your injections and may feel “bruised”. We normally suggest that you take things gently during this time. Please use your usual analgesics as prescribed.

Outcome

The main benefit of these injections is to reduce pain, but the effect may vary from person to person. Most patients will receive good pain relief for weeks or months.