Intercostal Nerve Blocks

An intercostal nerve block is an injection of medication under your rib that helps relieve pain in your chest area or upper abdomen.

Your intercostal nerves are located under each of your ribs. When one of these nerves or the tissue around it gets irritated or inflamed, it can cause pain. A nerve block, which contains a steroid medication and local anesthetic, can help reduce the inflammation and alleviate the pain.

Healthcare providers also use intercostal nerve blocks to help diagnose the source of pain.

Intercostal nerve blocks have a few different uses. One is to provide temporary pain relief for acute (sudden and short) or chronic (long-term) pain. The nerve block may reduce inflammation and allow your nerves to heal.

Intercostal nerve blocks may help with pain related to:

  • Rib fractures.
  • Trauma.
  • A surgical incision into the chest wall (thoracotomy). About 30% of surgical patients can experience pain four to five years after surgery.
  • An incision of the chest wall for drainage (thoracostomy) and maintaining the opening for drainage.
  • The surgical removal of a breast (mastectomy).
  • A surgical opening into the stomach, usually for the introduction of food (gastrostomy).
  • The surgical removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy).

 

Other conditions that can be treated with intercostal nerve blocks include:

  • Abnormal growths
  • Nerve compression (pinched nerve).
  • Infections.
  • Inflammation.

 

Our Specialist may also use intercostal nerve blocks injections to determine if the pain you’re experiencing is visceral pain or somatic pain. Visceral pain is pain related to your internal organs. Somatic pain occurs in tissues such as your muscles, skin or joints. Visceral pain is often a deep, squeezing pain that’s vague and difficult to localize.

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2024-02-14
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2024-02-02
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2024-02-01
Wonderful experience with Dr. Iqbal & her staff! She is amazing! She listens to her patients & immediately developed a plan to address my back & neck pain. I already feel SO much better and am confident that her plan for me will mean continued improvement. Her staff is wonderful too - friendly, helpful & responsive. I highly recommend Dr. Iqbal & her team!
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2024-01-22
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2024-01-02
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2023-12-08
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