Medial branch refers to the nerves that carry pain signals from the spine joints.  A medial branch block is an injection of chemicals that block this pain signal. It is often used as a diagnostic test used to help confirm the origin of pain,unlike the facet joint injection; the chemical is not injected into the facet joint. At time some steroid may also be added in the chemical to provide a long lasting relief.

 Conditions Treated 

Medial branch blocks are diagnostic back pain tests used to help verify, or rule out, a facet joint as a source of back pain or neck pain.

During Procedure

  • You will lie with your face down.
  • An intravenous line will be secured.
  • The skin at the site of injections will be cleaned.
  • The skin is numbed with medication.
  • Under X-ray guidance, the median sensory branches will be approached with fine needles near the spinal joints.
  • You may feel some pressure when the needles are inserted but the doctor will speak to you as the procedure is going on and reassuring you all the time.
  • The medication is injected around the nerves.
  • The whole procedure takes around 30- 60 minutes. 
  • After Procedure:

  • You will be allowed to walk immediately 
  • The doctor will speak to you after the injection and assess your pain relief
  • You may be able to go home couple hours after the procedure.


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