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Branch Block

Cervical Medial Branch Block

A local anaesthetic (Marcaine) is injected near the medial branch nerves of the facet joint(s) suspected to be causing pain. The local anaesthetic blocks the transmission of pain signals from the facet joint suspected of causing pain. The pain is typically reduced and you are able to move your neck normally for at least 2 hours following the injection. Then this test is used as a diagnostic tool to identify which specific facet joint is causing the pain. If you have any questions after reading this information about cervical medial branch block, please call us. We, at Spine Physicians Institute, have performed this procedure on countless patients over the years.

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Lumbar Medial Branch Block

A local anaesthetic (Marcaine) is injected near the medial branch nerves of the facet joint(s) suspected to be causing pain. The local anaesthetic blocks the transmission of pain signals from the facet joint suspected of causing pain. The pain is typically reduced and you are able to move your neck normally for at least 2 hours following the injection. Then this test is used as a diagnostic tool to identify which specific facet joint is causing the pain. If you have any questions after reading this information about lumbar medial branch block, please call us. We, at Spine Physicians Institute, have performed this procedure on countless patients over the years.

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