The Multiple Sclerosis and Neurology Institute of Austin is led by a team of prominent neurological experts who use highly-advanced technologies and treatments to address the root cause of your conditions. We take a proactive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of your neurological conditions, thereby speeding your path towards optimal recovery. Our medical providers have specialized training in multiple sclerosis treatment, neuroimmunology, and neurology care for adults. The following is a brief overview of our diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including nerve blocks in Austin.
Diagnostic & Therapeutic Procedures
A lumbar puncture, also known as a spinal tap, is a diagnostic technique that can identify the root cause of lumbar pain. This procedure involves inserting a needle into the space between two adjacent vertebrae and removing a small volume of cerebrospinal fluid, i.e., the fluid surrounding the spinal cord. Examining and analyzing the cerebrospinal fluid in the lumbar region allows the doctor to diagnose serious infections and disorders of the central nervous system.
Botox belongs to a category of injections made of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin protein that prevents the transmission of nerve signals into targeted muscles, essentially blocking communications between nerve endings and specific muscle groups. Spasticity and migraines occur when overactive muscles lead to headaches and voluntary movements. Injecting Botox into targeted areas relaxes the contracted muscles responsible for the symptoms of chronic pain, spasticity, and migraines, thus alleviating pain and discomfort.
Occipital Nerve Blocks
The occipital nerve is responsible for the feelings and sensations in the back and top of your head. When the occipital nerve is irritated or inflamed, you may experience severe headaches. An occipital nerve block is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting pain medications and steroids into the occipital nerves to alleviate chronic headaches and migraines. Nerve blocks in Austin can diagnose the true root cause of your headaches and alleviate chronic pain within 15 minutes.