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

Holiday Schedule: All Offices Will Be CLOSED Monday, December 25

All of the Center for Pain Management’s locations will be CLOSED on Monday, December 25, 2017 in observance of Christmas. This includes our Indianapolis, Greenwood and Lafayette, Indiana medical offices and surgery centers. Please keep our holiday schedule in mind…
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Thanksgiving Schedule: All Offices Will Be CLOSED Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24

All of the Center for Pain Management’s locations will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 23 AND Friday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving. Please keep our holiday schedule in mind when you are scheduling appointments or requesting prescription refills. We…
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Meet Dr. Saima Kamal, MD in Our Lafayette Pain Center

Dr. Saima Kamal, MD – Pain Specialist at Center for Pain Management in Lafayette, Indiana Dr. Saima Kamal, MD is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. She has notable expertise in a wide range of interventional medical procedures for…
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Meet Dr. Scott Kim, MD in Our Greenwood Pain Center

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