Medial Branch Block
The spine is lined with small joints, which are called facet joints. In these joints are medial nerves that transfer pain signals to the brain when the joint is inflamed. A medial branch block involves installation of an anesthetic agent onto the nerves of the facet joints.
How common is back pain?
Approximately 80% of U.S. adults experience back pain at some point during life. In addition, back pain is the second most common reason to visit the doctor. Medial branch blocks make it easier for the Los Angeles pain doctor to diagnose your source of chronic back pain.