Medial Branch Block

This procedure is a diagnostic block used to identify the painful facet joint(s) or arthritis

– Fluoroscopy (X-Ray) guidance used to identify the target

– Patients are positioned in the prone position (face down) using pillows for comfort

– An area of skin is cleaned to create a sterile field, sterile equipment is also used for the procedure

РThe skin and tissues in the track of needle placement are anesthetized prior to advancing  the needle

– Fluoroscopy views are taken to verify the final needle position

– Contrast dye is used to confirm correct needle positioning

– Anesthetic is injected to block the pain signals from the facet joints

– Needle is removed and band aid is applied to keep the injection site clean

– If the pain subsides shortly after the injection there is another procedure (radiofrequency) that will successfully eliminate the source of your pain for more long term relief