Nerve blocks and ablations are not surgical techniques, but interventional pain treatments. They require no cutting, involve no bleeding or tis
sue damage. They are similar to injections.
Nerve blocks are perfor
med on a specific afferent nerve plexus that carries pain signals to the spinal cord, and from there, up to the brain. Blocks are done with a numbing agent, like lidocaine
, and are temporary solutions. They are used generally to diagnose or treat ligament dis