Intercostal Nerve Block
An intercostal nerve block is a procedure carried out using a local anaesthetic, injected near the intercostal nerves – located between the ribs. This procedure offers pain relief for conditions affecting the chest, such as rib fractures, shingles, and intercostal nerve block.
Sometimes steroid medication is also used in the area around the intercostal nerves.
The treatment is outpatient basis and only takes a few minutes to complete.
Benefits of intercostal nerve block include:
- Relief of pain caused by conditions affecting the chest
- Reduced need for opioid pain medication
- Can be used as a diagnostic tool to help identify the source of pain
Intercostal nerve block is an effective method for managing various conditions, such as:
- Rib fractures
- Chest wall pain
- Intercostal neuralgia
It is essential to be aware that this procedure is not appropriate for every individual and should only be conducted by adequately trained experts; furthermore, it carries potential risks such as haemorrhaging, infection, and nerve harm.
Book an appointment with highly experienced pain management specialists for a consultation and accurate diagnosis.