Neck & Back Pain

Lumbar Facet Joint / Medial Branch Block:

Nerve blocks are injections of medication onto or near nerves, which block pain signals. Nerve blocks are used to relief pain from a variety of conditions, from a broad range of locations on the body. The medications that are injected include local anesthetics, steroids, and opioids.


Medial branch nerves are small nerves that extend out from the facet joints in the spine, carrying pain signals to the brain. This procedure is primarily diagnostic, meaning if pain relief from the injection is good, it helps Dr. Tariq determine what further treatment is best.

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