Pain relief achieved through the simplest way!

Pain respite can be accomplished in a broad selection of ways. Many people take over the counter medications to relive common aches and pains that happen. Chronic pain relief can often be achieved through recommended pain medications like opioids. When none of the pain relief options work for you, the intercostal nerve block offers a long-lasting pain relief option and saves your back in time!

Intercostals nerve blocks are most frequently used to prevent or control pain signals. A nerve block is more effective than medications given through an intravenous (IV) line. Intercostal nerve block with local anesthetic and/or steroid is performed for the relief of chest wall pain secondary to surgery, trauma, cancer, and post herpetic neuralgia. Patients with pain that is resistant to opioid treatments, or who wishes to avoid using them, often find intercostal nerve blocks are a practical and less risky pain management option.

Pain originating from different areas of the body requires different nerve blocks. Examples include:

  1. Upper extremity (brachial plexus) nerve blocks
  2. Facial nerve blocks
  3. Neck and back nerve blocks
  4. Chest and abdominal nerve blocks
  5. Lower extremity nerve blocks
  6. Nonsurgical nerve blocks:
  • Epidural
  • Spinal anesthesia
  • Peripheral
  1. Surgical nerve blocks
  • Sympathetic blockade
  • Neurectomy
  • Rhizotomy

There are a number of additional benefits that come with a nerve block, but there are some disadvantages to consider as well.


  • It can help to diagnose a specific condition
  • It is useful for surgical procedures
  • Relief can be instantaneous
  • It can help to delay or prevent a surgery


  • There can be some serious side effects to the procedure
  • Accidental punctures may occur
  • A nerve block isn’t recommended for everyone
  • Nerve blocks don’t generally treat the underlying problems

A nerve block is going to completely repair a health situation, but it can provide someone with complete relief for an extended period of time. Even when the nerve block begins to wear off, it will still provide some lasting effects that lessen the amount of pain that is being experienced. With so many potential applications, a nerve block should be considered whenever simple surgeries or chronic pain needs to be managed without high-level medical care.

To schedule an evaluation with Dr. Zaki Anwar call at 815-464-7212. He is very experienced in interventional treatments and a world renowned Pain Medicine Physician who has been practicing ways to cure pain leading to serious problems for the past several years After determining the cause of your pain, he may use a variety of treatments to provide you with pain relief.