Low back pain is an extremely common condition, affecting up to 80% of the population at some point in their lives. It is one of the most common reasons for doctor’s visits across the country.The problem is that while many acute causes of neck and low back pain will resolve with conservative treatment like rest and ice or hot packs, far too many patients will move from acute to chronic neck and low back pain and require additional care to find relief.
In order to obtain relief your doctor must accurately diagnose the source of your pain and that is exactly where a medial branch nerve block comes in. sometimes it’s just referred to as just medial branch block. If performed in the neck it is called cervical medial branch block. In the low back it’s called lumbar medial branch block.