Intercostal Nerve Block Specialist

Able Orthopedic and Sports Medicine -  - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Able Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine located in Queens, Forest Hills, NY

If you suffer from nerve pain in your chest area, due to shingles or surgery, you may benefit from an intercostal nerve block. At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Forest Hills, New York, the team of board-certified orthopedists provides highly effective intercostal nerve blocks for agonizing nerve pain. Get the pain relief you deserve by getting started on an intercostal nerve block treatment right away. Find out more by booking an appointment either online or over the phone today.

Intercostal Nerve Block Q & A

Why do I need an intercostal nerve block?

An intercostal nerve block is one of the most effective treatments for agonizing nerve pain — shooting, burning, and electrical sensations — you may experience in your chest area. Your doctor may recommend an intercostal nerve block if you have lingering nerve pain due to:

  • Shingles 
  • Mastectomy
  • Surgical incisions 

This simple and highly effective treatment can resolve the most complex of pain issues quickly, so you won’t have to worry about serious nerve pain another day.  

How does an intercostal nerve block work?

At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, your intercostal nerve block treatment is tailored to your needs and the severity of your symptoms. Treatments are provided right in the office and take just a few minutes.

During your intercostal nerve block session, your dedicated orthopedist has you lie back on an exam table and then thoroughly cleans your injection site. They inject local anesthetics under your rib to minimize discomfort. Next, your doctor injects a mixture of steroid medications under your rib using X-ray guidance to target your intercostal nerves. 

The entire intercostal nerve injection procedure quickly numbs the area, while simultaneously relieving inflammation and irritation. These innovative injections are known for providing pain relief even when nothing else seems to be effective. 

While you can go home immediately after your intercostal nerve block at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, you need to have someone drive you. Typically, you can return to work and all of your regular activities the following day. 

How long does an intercostal nerve block last?

Intercostal nerve blocks from Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine are beneficial for providing relief from debilitating nerve pain almost immediately. Pain relief can last for several hours, although you may find that electrical or burning sensations start to come back temporarily as the anesthetic wears off.

Within a few days, the anti-inflammatory effects of the steroids should take effect, so pain gradually subsides for long-term benefits. You may experience pain relief for several months after your intercostal nerve block. When (and if) nerve pain comes back, you can return to Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine for another treatment. 

Learn more about intercostal nerve blocks by scheduling an exam at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine today. Book online or call to speak with a team member directly.