Common Nerve Blocks

Various areas of pain require different nerve block types. Below are a few of the available nerve blocks:

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  • Supraorbital nerve blocks are often used in the forehead.

  • Cervical epidural, thoracic epidural, and lumbar epidural blocks are used for neck and/ or back pain.

  • Cervical plexus block and cervical paravertebral blocks are used in the shoulder and upper neck.

  • Brachial plexus blocks are commonly referred to as elbow blocks, and wrist blocks are used for pain in the shoulder, arm, hand, elbow, and/ or wrist.

  • Subarachnoid block and celiac plexus block are used to treat pain the abdomen and/ or pelvis.

  • Sympathetic nerve block: A sympathetic nerve block is one that is performed to determine if there is damage to the sympathetic nerve chain.

  • Stellate ganglion block: This is a type of sympathetic nerve block performed to determine if there is damage to the sympathetic nerve chain supplying the head, neck, chest, or arms and if it is the source of pain in those areas.

    • Facet joint block: Also known as a zygapophysial joint block, the facet joint block is performed to determine whether a facet joint is a source of pain.