Best Lumbar Medial Treatment


Overview

Lumbar Medial Branches are the small nerves that carry the pain message from the joints to the back. Lumbar Medial Branch Block is a treatment in which an injection is used to deliver a long-lasting anesthetic to the medial branch nerves connected to a specific facet joint. 

Procedure

Your doctor will ask you to lie down on your stomach and clean your lower back. Then a small needle will be inserted at the location of your medial branch nerves with the help of an x-ray. A few drops of anesthetic will be injected along each nerve.

Benefits

Lumbar Medial Branch Block stops the Lumbar Medial Branch from carrying pain messages to the block. It is very helpful in providing pain relief. It helps doctors determine whether facet joints are the reason for your low back pain or not. 

Risks

There is rarely any risk involved in Lumbar Medial Branch Block. However, some of the risks include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is the Procedure for Lumbar Medial Branch Block?

    The procedure takes approximately 15 - 20 minutes.

  • How long does the effect of the Lumbar Medial Branch Block last?

    The Lumbar Medial Branch Block may provide relief for about 2 years.