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A “nerve block” is the injection of a numbing agent (called a “local anesthetic” onto a specific nerve or group of nerves.  It is akin to a dentist’s numbing a tooth.  In simple words, medicine numbs the nerves by “putting them to sleep” so as to temporarily stop or lessen the pain.

Nerve blocks can be used to determine the source of pain, predict outcomes of certain treatments, or avoid surgery.  However, the most common reason for using nerve blocks is pain relief, therefore it is widely used by pain specialists, including Gainesville pain management doctors. Areas where the injection is performed mostly include the neck and low back.

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