By Fiona Hicks
This booklet is a succinct, functional, clinically-based consultant to nerve blockading thoughts which are to be had in present perform. A nerve block is the injection of both an area anesthetic or a drug that inactivates nerves to regulate differently uncontrollable soreness. Nerve blocks can be utilized to figure out the resource of ache, to regard painful stipulations that reply to nerve blocks, to foretell how the soreness will reply to long term remedies, and to avoid soreness following tactics.
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It may follow damage to: ● Peripheral tissues, such as fractures and dislocations, mastectomy and deep vein thrombosis PAIN SYNDROMES IN NON-MALIGNANT DISEASE Fig. 2 Complex regional pain syndrome of hand where the skin is shiny and trophic. ● Peripheral nerves, such as brachial plexus lesions or post-herpetic neuralgia ● Central nervous system, such as cerebral infarction, tumour or spinal cord lesions ● Viscera, such as abdominal disease or myocardial infarction. There is no single effective treatment for this syndrome but drug treatment combined with sympathetic blockade may be of benefit especially if it is combined with active physiotherapy (see Chapter 7) and spinal cord stimulation may be helpful (see Chapter 9).
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Care should be taken to use the smallest needle possible and inject gently and slowly (Fig. 2). Local anaesthetic with or without depot steroid may be used. It may be preferable to perform serial simple local anaesthetic injections. Fig. 2 Injection of local anaesthetic and depot steroid into a painful scar on the elbow. 45 46 SIMPLE PERIPHERAL NERVE BLOCKS AND INJECTIONS Myofascial ‘trigger point’ injection Myofascial pain may occur as a result of trauma, underlying problems (such as back pain, headache, or visceral pain), or due to general debility and poor posture.
Nerve Blocks in Palliative Care by Fiona Hicks