Intercostal nerve blocks are an injection of a steroid or other medication around the intercostal nerves located between the ribs or in the chest wall. The steroid medication reduces inflammation and/or swelling of tissue around the intercostal nerves, thus reducing pain.
Immediate relief from pain occurs from the local anesthetic. The steroid medication begins working in 3 to 5 days after the block is administered and the effect can last for several days to a few months.
Contact Omega Rehabilitation and Spine today. James L. Carlisle, MD can evaluate and help plan effective treatment for occasional or chronic pain. If pain is a persistent or long-lasting problem in your everyday life, you shouldn’t wait a minute longer. Call today.