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Nerve Root Blocks

Nerve Root Blocks

Nerve root blocks are undertaken by a specialist in Spinal Imaging. Patients will attend for a variety of reasons. They can be referred by spinal surgeons or other doctors and also by paramedical practitioners. The purpose of a root block can be twofold:

1. To identify a root causing symptoms
2. To have a therapeutic effect which maybe longlasting but usually gets the patient through their acute problem
Nerve root blocks are x-ray guided and can be carried out in the neck or lower back. They are usually done with image guidance from a sophisticated x-ray scan called a CT Scanner as this the most accurate method. They can also be performed in the state of the art Interventional Suite at The Royal Surrey County Hospital. The injections involve a long acting local anaesthetic and steroids which act locally but have no other effects elsewhere.

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