The Intercostal Nerve Block is a procedure used to alleviate pain in the chest or rib area. This treatment targets the intercostal nerves, which run along the ribs and play a crucial role in transmitting pain signals.

How It Works

During the procedure, a highly trained ASCPM practitioner carefully injects numbing medicine near the intercostal nerves. This numbing medicine effectively blocks the pain signals transmitted by these nerves, providing relief from discomfort. The injection process is guided by imaging technology, such as X-ray or fluoroscopy, to ensure precise placement and enhance safety.

The Benefits

The Intercostal Nerve Block offers several benefits. By temporarily blocking the intercostal nerve, it interrupts the transmission of pain signals to the brain, providing individuals with a respite from discomfort. This temporary relief allows patients to engage in daily activities more comfortably and improves their overall quality of life.

About the Procedure

The Intercostal Nerve Block procedure typically begins with the patient positioned comfortably on an examination table. The physician cleans and sterilizes the injection site before administering the numbing medication using a small needle. The entire process is relatively quick and minimally invasive, with most patients experiencing little to no discomfort. After the injection, patients may experience immediate relief or a gradual reduction in pain over the following hours. Follow-up appointments may be recommended to monitor progress and determine the need for additional treatments. Overall, the Intercostal Nerve Block procedure offers a safe and effective solution for managing chest or rib area pain, allowing individuals to regain control of their lives.