Best Intercostal Nerve Treatment


An Intercostal Nerve Block is a pain-relieving treatment in which an injection of medication is used to relieve pain in the chest area and upper abdomen. It helps in treating the pain caused by intercostal nerves located under each rib and is used for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. It is beneficial in managing both acute and chronic pain in the chest area.


You will be asked to lie down on the side that is not causing pain and the area of the skin will be cleaned. The doctor will insert a thin needle under your ribs and inject an anaesthetic. Then the doctor will inject the second needle with pain medicine using the x-ray guidance. 


Intercostal Nerve Block is very helpful in relieving pain associated with the chest area. It improves oxygenation and respiratory mechanics.


The chances of risk in Intercostal Nerve Block are very low. Some of the risks involved are bleeding, infection, nerve damage, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I avoid after Intercostal Nerve Block?

    You should avoid any rigorous activity for at least 24 hours after the intercostal nerve block.

  • How long does the effect of Intercostal Nerve Block remain?

    The effect of Intercostal Nerve Block can last for several months.