The benefits, risks, and alternatives to this procedure are list in the following table:
MEDIAL BRANCH BLOCKmay relieve back pain, leg pain, and numbness or weakness caused by a pinched nerve root.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITSinclude increased likelihood of correct diagnosis and/or decrease or elimination of your pain.
MEDIALBRANCH BLOCK is usually doneafter nonsurgical treatmentoptions have failed. These caninclude:
• Medications• Physical therapy• Traction• Watching and waiting
If you feel your symptoms arenot severe enough to havesurgery, tell your doctor. He orshe will respect your decision.
Disclosure On The Impact Of Health Care Reform On Your Care
I hereby ACKNOWLEDGE that my doctor will make every attempt to deliver the best care possible in the context of the dynamically changing health care environment. where there is an increasing amount of regulation and rules as to appropriateness and medical necessity of procedures and surgeries. In fact, your doctor is subject to such Medical Necessity and Appropriateness of Procedure Rules imposed by insurance companies, hospitals and surgery centers, where providers at the Center For Advanced Spine Care are currently performing procedures and surgeries at. As a result, the treatment recommendation that your doctor/surgeon may make could be affected by these rules and may not be necessarily the most appropriate or preferred treatment in his or her clinical judgement. In addition, procedures and surgeries may not be authorized and your doctor may simply not be able to perform certain procedures on you. With the transition of our local health care system from a Clinical Guidelines based system to a Rules based system, your doctor may not be able to provide the preferred recommended care given those newly imposed constraints.