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How are nerve blocks used?

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Different kinds of nerve blocks are used for different reasons:

  • Therapeutic nerve blocks are used to treat painful conditions.
  • Diagnostic nerve blocks are used to find sources of pain.
  • Prognostic nerve blocks predict how well a treatment will work.
  • Preemptive nerve blocks are meant to prevent pain from a procedure that can cause problems.
  • Nerve blocks can sometimes be used to avoid surgery.

From: Pain Management and Nerve Blocks WebMD Medical Reference

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International Spine Intervention Society

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 13, 2018

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International Spine Intervention Society

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 13, 2018

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