Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This is a condition characterized by pain in the hand and arm, which may radiate to the elbow and up. The pain is usually associated by numbness and tingling sensation. Other symptoms include discomfort in the pal and rest. This condition is caused by a compressed nerve located in the carpal tunnel.

Inguinal Pain

A pain which affects lower abdomen regions and the area where the torso and legs meet; most commonly this appears as pain and discomfort. In men this may affect the scrotum and testicles. As well as general pain and discomfort, there may be swelling or redness, and sensitivity to touch. This may be caused by injury or hernia.


The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. When irritated, it causes the condition sciatica. Sciatica usually affects one side of the lower body. It’s diagnosed as a pain that radiates from the lower back and down the thigh and leg. The pain can be either sharp and dull, and is usually accompanied by numb or tingling sensation.


Peripheral nerve blocks are utilized to manage nerve pain, also known as neuralgia. Nerve injury can be caused by trauma, compression, ischemia (damage from inadequate blood supply), or toxic exposure to a nerve.

What does the procedure look like?

The procedure involves an injection of a local anesthetic-steroid mixture in proximity to the injured nerve, decreasing the transmission of pain signals to and along the nerve. In some cases, involving sensory nerves, temperature-based therapy such as cryotherapy or radiofrequency lesioning may be used as a long-term pain solution. Terminal cases can call for substances such as phenol and alcohol to be utilized, providing long-term relief. While any complication from this procedure is rare, there may be a risk of infection, bruising, or damage to the nerve. After the injection, any soreness can be managed by applying ice for 20 minutes two to three times a day. If you have any concerns, call Portland Pain and Spine immediately.

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