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Medical director Dr. Onel Morales Torres. Anesthesiologist

Joint blocking

Joint blocking consists of drug administration (usually local anesthetics) surrounding the nerves involved in the pain process, to stop these painful signals from reaching the central nervous system.

To locate the nerve that needs blocking, different techniques are used, like neurostimulation (we stimulate the nerve with electricity to provoke a motor response), ultrasound or X-ray.

The blocking can also be pretty effective as an emergency treatment, to relieve symptoms and recover functionality in episodes of severe muscle contracture, especially on the lower back.

Therapeutic blocking of peripheral and central nerves or autonomic system

Therapeutic blocking provokes the interruption of the nerve impulse and the subsequent motor reflex, and they have a temporary analgesic reaction with pain relief for more time than the action of the anesthetic itself.

That is why repeated blocking constitutes a chronic pain treatment. They are made under fluoroscopy and electrostimulation and a contrast medium to verify the exact nerve that needs blocking. The lumbar sympathetic blocking is a procedure used for diagnosis, decrease or erase the pain produced by autonomous nerves affected by bruises, surgery or vascular diseases. 

Continuous blocking of peripheral, central nerves or autonomic system (rehabilitation or neuromodulation)

On some cases, it might be beneficial a continuous blocking or interruption of the affected nerves or system. An accurate pain control is an important prerequisite for the application of a rehabilitation program. The continuous interruption of the pain signal (and its subsequent elimination) enables us to observe a normalization or neuromodulation process altered before.

 

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