Medial Branch Block (MBB) Pain Management for Neck and Back Pain
Living with neck and back pain can be hard as it affects your quality of life and overall well-being. Many people suffering from similar discomforts find it difficult to perform daily tasks or engage in their favorite activities. If you’re tired of living with chronic neck or back pain, consider discussing Medial Branch Blocks with Dr. Levinstein as a potential treatment option.
What Is a Medial Branch Block?
Medial Branch Block (MBB) is a pain management procedure that can be used to alleviate neck and back pain. It involves injecting a numbing medication into the medial branch nerves that feed the affected area.
These nerves are located in the spine and are responsible for transmitting pain signals to the brain. By blocking these signals, the procedure can provide relief from pain and help diagnose the source of the pain.
How is MBB Done?
The MBB procedure is performed by a pain management specialist like Dr. Levinstein. The patient will be placed in a comfortable position, usually lying on their stomach. The physician will then use x-ray guidance to locate the medial branch nerves and inject the medication. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and takes only a few minutes to complete.
What Are the Benefits of MBB?
One of the benefits of MBB is that it can provide longer-lasting pain relief compared to other treatments, such as oral medications. It can also help to diagnose the source of pain by identifying which nerves are involved. This can help identify the specific area that needs treatment. Additionally, the procedure has a relatively low risk of side effects and complications.
However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with MBB. These include bleeding, infection, and allergic reactions to the medications used. To minimize these risks, the procedure should be performed by a qualified physician in a sterile environment.
Who Are Good Candidates for Medial Branch Blocks?
MBB is typically recommended for patients who have been experiencing chronic neck or back pain and have not found relief with other treatments. It is also used to diagnose the source of pain and to identify which nerves are involved. Before the procedure, you may need to undergo certain tests or evaluations to ensure that you are a good candidate.
Don’t Let Neck and Back Pain Consume Your Life.
Medial Branch Block (MBB) might be just what you need to get back to doing the things you love. It’s safe, effective, and can provide longer-lasting pain relief you’ve been looking for. With the guidance of a pain specialist like Dr. Levinstein, the procedure can be performed safely.
Call us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Levinstein at Regen Doctors. We have clinics in Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We also serve patients in surrounding areas including Center Valley, Lansdale, Easton, Pottstown, Phillipsburg, and more.