Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar Medial Branch Block

A diagnostic medial branch block is an outpatient procedure for diagnosing and treating neck pain, mid back pain, and lower back pain. This information has been provided so you can better understand this procedure. Your provider will make the best recommendation for your specific needs.

A medial branch block (MBB) is a procedure in which anesthetic is injected near small medial nerves connected to a specific facet joint. Typically several injections are given in one procedure.

The facet joints are the joints in your spine that make your back flexible and help you to bend and twist. Nerves exit your spinal cord through these joints on their way to other parts of your body. These are the nerves we inject to determine if the facet joint is causing your pain.

If the appropriate amount of relief is obtained immediately following the procedure, your provider will be able to determine that you are a good candidate to complete the radiofrequency ablation for more long term pain relief.

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