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Cervical Nerve Root Block Using a Curved Blunt Needle and Posterior Approach

Cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injections have declined in popularity due to the risk of catastrophic complications. In contrast, cervical nerve root blocks can be valuable for planning surgeries in patients with cervical radicular pain. This study examined 50 cases where cervical selective nerve root blocks were performed using a curved blunt needle via a posterior approach, aiming to reduce the risk of arterial injection. Michael Van Hal, M.D., Assistant Professor of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern, is one of the many authors a part of this study.