Intercostal Nerve Blocks is a procedure that works by temporarily blocking or disrupting painful nerve impulses associated with non-cardiac pain in the chest wall area.
A small needle is placed just under the lowest portion of each rib that causes discomfort. Sedation may be offered for patient comfort.
Patients who have pain in the rib area due to trauma via rib fractures, repetitive overhead maneuvers, shingles-pain, coughing, or unknown reasons are candidates.
Typically the procedure takes 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how many levels need to be blocked.
Vital signs may be observed for about 20 minutes. The patient can leave when vital signs are stable. You may experience some numbness or soreness at needle insertion sites.
Relief is often very rapid. Patients may require a series of injections for long-term relief.
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