Back & Neck Pain Treatment in Texas
Lidocaine is an anesthetic that can be delivered by intravenous (IV) infusion to relieve chronic pain in the upper, middle, and lower back as well as the neck. It has also proven to be useful in the treatment of certain types of headaches. This anesthetic can block the pain receptors in the brain and spinal cord, making it an effective treatment for neuropathic pain (pain caused by nerve damage or a malfunctioning nervous system).
Some conditions lidocaine infusion is used to treat include:
- Chronic regional pain syndrome
- Neuralgia (nerve pain)
- Postherpetic pain
- Chronic diabetic neuropathy
- Vascular headaches
- Centralized pain
- Widespread pain
What Should I Expect?
When you arrive for your appointment one of our pain specialists will explain the procedure to you in detail. Lidocaine infusion is nonsurgical and minimally invasive. During the treatment, you will sit in a comfortable chair and an IV will be placed in a vein in your arm. For the next hour, the lidocaine anesthetic will flow into your bloodstream. The lidocaine procedure affects the whole body, which allows your body’s pain response systems to relax and become less sensitive.
There is a very low risk of complications with lidocaine infusions, and your vital signs will be monitored throughout the process. Some patients experience relief immediately, but it can sometimes longer. The results of the infusion can last anywhere between one to four weeks.
After the Procedure
Lidocaine infusions can be performed several times with minimal side effects. After the infusion is complete, you will be monitored for 15 minutes while someone checks your blood pressure and pulse. After this, the discharge process will begin and you will be asked about your current pain level.
Though you can return home immediately after the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home. It is dangerous to operate a vehicle in the 24 hour period after you receive anesthesia.