Medial Branch Nerve Block (or Medial Branch Block)

The Center for Pain Management uses medial branch nerve blocks (or medial branch blocks) as a pain management treatment option to relieve chronic back pain.

Medial branch nerves are small nerves that feed out from the facet joints in the spine and carry pain signals from those joints. (Think of “media” and its delivery of information.) Facet joint injections are often used simply to identify a pain source.

How it works: A medial branch nerve block temporarily interrupts the pain signal being carried by the medial branch nerves that supply a specific facet joint. If the patient has the appropriate duration of pain relief after the medial branch nerve block, then he or she may be a candidate for radiofrequency neurotomy. A radiofrequency neurotomy (a.k.a. rhizotomy) is an injection procedure in which a heat lesion is created on certain nerves with the goal of interrupting the pain signals to the brain. Rhizotomy can in some cases provide pain relief lasting nine to fourteen months and sometimes much longer.

Updates + Announcements

September is Pain Awareness Month

Center for Pain Management joins the global health care community in recognizing September as Pain Awareness Month.  This international campaign was first established in 2001 to create greater understanding that pain is a serious public health issue. Pain Awareness Month…
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Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship

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Center for Pain Management in Lafayette, Indiana is Now Open & Accepting New Patients

We are proud to announce the opening of a new location. The Center for Pain Management in Lafayette, Indiana (formerly known as Innovations Pain Management  Group) is open and accepting new patients. This state-of-the art 4,000 square-foot pain care center…
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