Scott L. Havsy, DO, JD, DAAPM
Certified in Pain Management

Selective Nerve Root Block
 

 

Selective Nerve Root Block is a block that is performed to determine if a specific spinal nerve root is the source of pain and reduce inflammation around the nerve root thus decreasing or relieving the pain. The patient is given a local anesthetic. The physician then locates, under fluoroscopy, a specific spinal nerve root. A needle is introduced through the skin into the area adjacent to the nerve root. Medication is then injected into the area bathing the nerve root. The medications include an anesthetic and steroid.