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How does a neural blockade treat acute pain?

Sometimes severe acute pain can be treated by directly blocking the nerves transmitting pain to the brain. Anesthetics such as lidocaine block nerve transmission temporarily and can be administered to a specific area in a variety of ways. This method is frequently used to prevent pain during surgery. Less frequently, the nerve pathway can be destroyed altogether. This technique is called neuroablation and is performed with either surgery or radiation. Neuroablation is usually reserved for terminal patients in severe pain.

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