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Costovertebral Block

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Your ribs are joined to your spine by the costovertebral joints in your upper back.  A variety of conditions can cause pain in this area.  A costovertebral block is a procedure that is used both to diagnose and treat the source of pain and inflammation.  A “block” uses a medication mixture that contains a local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication, such as a steroid medication.  Although the results are not permanent, the long-lasting pain relief affords people the opportunity to participate in physical rehabilitation and enjoy their favorite activities again.

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