How do nerve blocks work?
Lumbar sympathetic nerve blocks contain either local anesthetic or local anesthetic with corticosteroids. They are injected into the area surrounding the sympathetic nerves in the lower back. This study used blocks with only anesthetic. When are nerve blocks prescribed? Nerve blocks are often prescribed for both acute and chronic low back pain, but there are doubts as to its effectiveness, even when paired with complementary treatments such as physical therapy. How was the study conducted? The study evaluated 60 patients with low back pain. Half received the treatment and half did not. Both study groups had the same complementary treatment plan. The plan included: • Physical therapy: three times a week • Medical visits: twice a week • Psychological visits: regular visits for 6 weeks, with three follow-up visits over 6 months The test group that received the blocks received from three to six blocks. The subjects in the block and non-block groups were matched as far as age, gender, durat
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