What is an Intercostal Nerve Block?
An intercostal nerve block is a rib fracture treatment designed to treat pain in the chest and upper abdomen. The intercostal nerve is located between the ribs throughout the thoracic area. When a steroid, anesthetic or pain medication is injected in to that area, the transmission of pain signals is diminished and inflammation is reduced. The intercostal nerve block procedure only takes a few minutes. During this time, the injection of a local anesthetic or steroid is injected under the rib by a small needle.
What are the Benefits and Risks of an Intercostal Nerve Block?
The intercostal nerve block procedure is a short outpatient visit that is capable of relieving pain for several months. This rib fracture treatment is safe, however, some patients may experience pain at the injection site, bruising, bleeding, infection or nerve damage.
To learn more about intercostal nerve block and how this rib fracture treatment can help patients in the Arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas area, please contact OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine®.