Medial branch block

A medial branch block is an injection of localised anaesthetic injected into the facet joints which are supplied by the medial branch nerves. The facet joints are part of the spine and in some conditions, both chronic and acute, they can become inflamed, causing lower back pain (lumbar) or neck pain. The aim of a medial branch block is to provide pain relief for the patient and as a way of assessing whether other pain management treatments will be successful in that patient, such as radiofrequency treatment.

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