Intercostal Nerve Blocks

An intercostal nerve block is an injection given between 2 ribs in order to relieve pain.  The injection includes local anesthetic and steroid.  These injections are performed for pain resulting from herpes zoster (shingles), chronic inflammation of the intercostal nerves, rib fractures, or from a previous surgical incision that results in chronic chest wall pain.  The injections are done either at the bedside or using x-ray guidance.  The procedure takes approximately 5-15 minutes to perform.

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