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Nerve Block Injection Houston

If you suffer from chronic pain and opt for minimally invasive treatment, a nerve block injection may be your answer. It stops the pain when appropriately administered by the Texas Intergrative Pain Institute team, where our top board-certified specialists have access to the latest technology for pain control. We also use nerve block injections for Houston patients who need their pain to be diagnosed or confirm their diagnosis.

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What Is A Nerve Block?

A nerve block injection can deaden your pain as soon as it’s injected. That reaction is due to a local anesthetic in the injection, which starts working as soon as the medicine is injected into the area where your pain originates. Before giving you the nerve block injection, Dr. Warfield will make sure the targeted area is where your pain originates. That determination is more challenging than you may think since pain in your body tends to radiate to other areas. Leg or foot pain, for example, may originate from a condition in your lower back or pelvis. Chronic pain sufferers represent the largest group to benefit from nerve blocks, but you can benefit if:


  • You recently had surgery but are still experiencing pain or discomfort. Poorly managed postoperative pain can lead to complications and prolonged rehabilitation.

  • The pain is in your spine. A cervical epidural injection for your upper back, a thoracic epidural for your mid-back, or a lumbar epidural for your lower back reduces pain and inflammation of nerve roots.


​Dr. Warfield may want to confirm his findings by giving you a diagnostic nerve block injection. This procedure can be accomplished on any part of your body, from your spine to your extremities. The injection of a local anesthetic around a specific nerve eliminates the pain that the nerve is transmitting — but only if that nerve sends the pain signals. No pain reduction means the nerve is not the source.



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Locating The Source Of Your Pain

An accomplished pain specialist must make an accurate diagnosis before any treatment begins. TIPI Pain Management Clinic offers the most advanced diagnostic equipment available. At your consultation, we will provide you with a complete physical exam to ask you questions regarding your medical and family history. To pinpoint the problem, imaging tests may also be employed, such as:

  • X-rays

  • MRI

  • Ultrasound scans

Dr. Warfield may want to confirm his findings by giving you a diagnostic nerve block injection. This procedure can be accomplished on any part of your body, from your spine to your extremities. The injection of a local anesthetic around a specific nerve eliminates the pain that the nerve is transmitting — but only if that nerve sends the pain signals. No pain reduction means the nerve is not the source

Types of Nerve Block Injections

For diagnostic purposes or interventional pain management, nerve blocks have proven effective. Between the purpose of your injection, its location, and the medications involved, a pain management clinic in Houston may provide you with a variety of nerve-blocking injections, including:

Occipital Nerve Blocks: This nerve block is used to treat occipital neuralgia and chronic tension headaches or migraine. Well-described landmarks exist for injection sites to target each of these nerves. Once the provider locates the correct injection site, a designated volume of a local anesthetic, most commonly lidocaine, is injected into the subcutaneous space. This is the deepest layer of your skin. You may feel relief from headache pain within minutes of receiving a nerve block treatment, but this varies from person to person. Other patients may not experience immediate relief.


Lumbar Sympathetic Nerve Blocks: Sometimes, chronic pain symptoms can’t be diagnosed. That’s when a sympathetic block is appropriate. This type of nerve block injection can help your provider find the cause of the burning, pain, or tingling in your arms, hands, legs, and feet. It can treat many chronic pain symptoms; in the upper part of your body, you may get pain relief by blocking the stellate ganglion in your neck area. If you have pain in the lower part of your body, a ganglion near the lower spine may be targeted with a lumbar sympathetic nerve block injection.


Intercostal Nerve Blocks.: We have intercostal nerves that run underneath each of our ribs. When they become inflamed, you feel the pain. A pain management clinic may inject the intercostal nerve block to provide temporary pain relief for your chest or upper abdomen. These nerve block injections contain steroid medicine to help heal the inflammation. An intercostal nerve block can also be used for diagnostic testing.

Ili hypogastric nerve block. The Ili hypogastric and ilioinguinal nerves originate in your lumbar spine and run through the pelvis to your inner thigh and groin. This nerve block injection stops these nerves from transmitting pain signals to your brain when you’re suffering from pain in your hips, abdomen, or legs.

There are other pain-blocking injections, but these are the more common ones. TIPI Pain Management Houston practices intervention medicine with regenerative treatment options. That means we treat your pain but focus on healing you as well.



Dr. Brett Warfield is board-certified in  anesthesiologist and  interventional pain management. He has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. He is committed to alleviating your pain and restoring your well-being faster & without surgery. Contact TIPI Pain Management in Houston to schedule your consultation today. 


Q& A About Nerve Blocks 

Q: Are nerve block procedures painful?

A: Some patients may experience discomfort, but you will be provided with medication to help you relax and numb the area where the needle will be inserted before your treatment.


Q: How long does a nerve block last?

A: If you receive a nerve block to diagnose your pain, it can last 8 to 36 hours. Whereas if you are receiving a medial nerve branch block for chronic pain, we use a more potent corticosteroid to reduce inflammation and pain, typically lasting up to 3 months.

Q: Are you asleep during treatment?

A: The treatment lasts 15 minutes, so most patients remain awake.


Q: What can I expect after my nerve block injection?

A: Complications of nerve blocks are rare. And each type of nerve block has different risks and side effects. Some risks may include the following:


  • Infection at the injection site.

  • Bleeding at the injection site.

  • Accidental delivery of the medication into your bloodstream.

  • Unexpected spread of the medication to other nerves or your spinal canal (depending on the type of block).


Dr. Warfield will explain all the side effects and risks before your treatment.


Nerve Block Injections For Houston Patients

Dr. Warfield at Texas Intergrative Pain Institute will successfully treat your chronic pain with nerve block injections by a simple hypodermic injection. Fluoroscopy provides real-time X-rays that guide the needle to the correct spot if the medicine needs to go anywhere near your spine.

When appropriately administered by our experienced pain management clinic in Houston, we make it our goal for patients to leave our clinic without the pain they had when they entered. When you’re ready to leave your pain behind, contact us to discuss if nerve block injections are right for you. We serve Houston, Baytown, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, and the surrounding area.

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