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Dorsal Root Ganglion Block

Dorsal root ganglion block is an injection of local anaesthetic and steroid around the dorsal root ganglion.

By Andrew Hatfield
Updated: 5th May 2023

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Considering Dorsal Root Ganglion Block?

Dr Manohar Sharma offers private Dorsal Root Ganglion Block here at Fairfield Independent Hospital.

Our Pain Management Clinic is delivered by Dr Manohar Sharma our Consultant Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation specialist, who is also the Clinical Director for Pain Medicine at the Walton Centre, Liverpool.

Dr Sharma offers a wide range of pain management injections including Facet JointEpidural Injections and Radiofrequency Denervation.

What does a Ganglion look like?

The ganglion looks like a small swelling on the nerve that joins the spinal cord this ganglion contains nerves that carry sensation; the sensory nerves enter through a hole referred to as the intervertebral foramen.

What are Dorsal Root Ganglion Blocks used for?

Dorsal Root Ganglion Blocks are mainly used for localised radicular pain (Sciatic leg or arm pain). Most commonly used in the lumbar region and may help your pain by reducing some of the pain signals.

The injection contains local anaesthetic often with a small amount of steroid. The injection is usually undertaken alongside other treatments such as physiotherapy, Dorsal Root Ganglion Blocks is not a solution for long-term pain relief.

How long does a Dorsal Root Ganglion Blocks procedure take?

A Dorsal Root Ganglion Blocks procedure takes around 20-30 minutes and you will need to lie flat and still for up to one hour after your procedure.

You can book a consultation with Dr Manohar Sharma by contacting us directly on 01744 746 425 or

Before considering Dorsal Root Ganglion Blocks, it is important to be aware that all surgical procedures carry a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand the risks involved with a Dorsal Root Ganglion Blocks.

During your initial consultation, you will be able to explain your medical history and discuss the potential risks of a Dorsal Root Ganglion Blocks with the Consultant before making a decision.

Key facts about the procedure