BRACHIAL PLEXUS BLOCK
A brachial plexus block is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the administration of a dose of local anesthetic into either in the neck, above the collarbone or into the upper arm near the armpit. This type of block is used to provide relief for patients that suffer from chronic pain in their arm and shoulder.
WHAT IS A BRACHIAL PLEXUS BLOCK?
A brachial plexus block is a 20-minute procedure that is typically performed with only a local anesthetic, however, sedation is an option for anxious patients. Once the local anesthetic has taken effect, a small needed is inserted into the affected area with the assistance of X-ray and contrast dye. Once the needle is situated properly, the medicine is injected. Relief is typically felt within 10-15 minutes from the time of injection, but the length of time it lasts varies from patient to patient.
Wondering if a brachial plexus block can address your painful condition? Take our 30 second online Pain Assessment Tool to find out. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss your pain.
WHO CAN GET A BRACHIAL PLEXUS BLOCK?
A brachial plexus block is ideal for patients suffering from brachial plexus injuries, which affect the nerves responsible for communication between the spine and the arms, shoulders, and hand. This condition occurs as a result of stretched or torn nerves which can occur for a variety of reasons including falls, congenital defects, inflammation or car accidents. Patients with mild brachial plexus injuries may experience weakness, numbness or a burning sensation in their arm. Patients with more severe and complex injuries may experience a complete loss of shoulder and elbow control, the inability to use their fingers and loss of mobility of the arm.
If you suspect a brachial plexus block might be a solution for you, take our short Treatment Assessment Tool to tell us a little about what, if anything, you've tried to treat your pain. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss possible treatment options.