Simple And Complex Nerve Blocks Specialist

Interventional Pain Institute

Interventional Pain Management Specialists & Minimally Invasive Spine Specialists located in Festus, MO & Chesterfield, MO

When medications and physical therapy fail to provide relief from your chronic pain condition, you may want to consider a nerve block. Ramis Gheith, MD, MS, and the team at Interventional Pain Institute in Chesterfield, Festus, and Bridgeton, Missouri, perform simple and complex nerve blocks to diagnose and treat pain conditions. To schedule a consultation to learn more about simple and complex nerve blocks, call the office nearest you or book online today.

Simple and Complex Nerve Blocks Q & A

What are simple and complex nerve blocks?

Simple and complex nerve blocks are one of the many pain management services offered at Interventional Pain Institute. 

During a simple or complex nerve block, Dr. Gheith injects medication around a nerve or group of nerves that are responsible for causing your pain. The medication stops the pain signals from reaching your brain, reducing the pain sensations. 

What types of simple and complex nerve blocks are available?

Interventional Pain Institute is a full-service pain medicine clinic, and they perform many types of simple and complex nerve blocks to address many pain conditions. 

The types of nerve blocks include:

  • Celiac plexus block (abdominal pain from cancer or chronic pancreatitis)
  • Costovertebral block (upper back pain, arm pain)
  • Genicular nerve block (knee pain)
  • Lumbar sympathetic block (lower back pain)
  • Stellate ganglion block (head, neck, chest, or arm pain)
  • Facet joint block (facet joint pain)

Dr. Gheith performs simple and complex nerve blocks to diagnose and treat pain conditions. For example, lumbar sympathetic blocks determine if your sympathetic nerves are damaged.

Your sympathetic nerves control unconscious body functions, such as digestion, breathing, and blood pressure. These nerves generally don’t transmit pain signals unless they’re damaged. 

Interventional Pain Institute also offers occipital nerve blocks for chronic migraines and headaches. However, this is a self-pay service. 

Who benefits from simple and complex nerve blocks?

Dr. Gheith and the pain management experts take a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to care. They conduct in-depth clinical evaluations and work closely with other health care professionals to determine the right treatment for you. 

You may benefit from a simple or complex nerve block if medications and physical therapy fail to alleviate your chronic pain. Conditions that may benefit from a nerve block include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Cancer pain
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Arthritis 
  • Migraines and headaches

Dr. Gheith may also perform a simple or complex nerve block to determine if you would benefit from a radiofrequency ablation, which provides long-term pain relief that may last for months or years.

To learn more about the simple and complex nerve blocks at Interventional Pain Institute, call the office or book a consultation using the online booking tool.

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