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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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I am a diabetic and have concerns about having a medial branch block with an anesthetic and a steroid. The steroid has elevated my blood sugar. Is it effective without the steroid?

A recent study compared cervical medial branch blocks using an anesthetic, bupivacaine, with and without the use of a steriod, betamethasone. The authors concluded that the effectiveness was very similar. Therefore, the use of a steroid is not necessary during cervical medial branch blocks.


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