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Utah Vascular Clinic


650 East 4500 South, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Ogden Regional Medical Center


5475 South 500 East
Washington Terrace, UT 84405


Pain Management

Medial Branch Block

What is a medial branch block?

A medial branch block interrupts the sensory nerve supply to a painful facet joint through the use of a precise administration of an anesthetic agent. Under x-ray guidance, a needle is placed first above, and then below the painful joint and an anesthetic – or "numbing" medication is injected. The patient is then asked to keep track of their pain, and report any pain relief to their doctor.

Why is a medial branch block done?

The procedure provides diagnostic information by determining whether the pain is actually coming from the facet joint. Successful medial branch blocks indicate that longer-term pain relief could be obtained from a facet rhizotomy – a procedure that uses an electrical current to destroy the nerve fibers carrying pain signals to the brain.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of your body, usually in your legs, but sometimes in your arm.

  • Swelling, usually in one leg
    (or arm)
  • Leg pain or tenderness often described as a cramp or
    Charley horse
  • Reddish or bluish skin discoloration
  • Leg (or arm) warm to touch

Pulmonary Embolism

Clots can break off from a DVT and travel to the lung, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal.

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Chest pain-sharp, stabbing; may get worse with deep breath
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Unexplained cough, sometimes with bloody mucus