Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks

  • Enzo Silvestri
  • Fabio Martino
  • Filomena Puntillo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Enzo Silvestri, Silvia Perugin Bernardi, Elena Massone, Riccardo Sartoris
    Pages 1-17
  3. Fabio Martino, Luca Maria Sconfienza, Alessandro Muda, Davide Orlandi
    Pages 19-77
  4. Enzo Silvestri, Ernesto La Paglia, Angelo Corazza, Gianluigi Martino
    Pages 79-83
  5. Filomena Puntillo, Laura Bertini
    Pages 85-103
  6. Filomena Puntillo, Laura Bertini, Mario Bosco, Mario Tedesco, Marco Baciarello
    Pages 105-142
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 143-148

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive but straightforward, practical handbook on ultrasound (US)-guided nerve blocks. It presents the normal US anatomy of peripheral nerves, clinical aspects of nerve entrapment and different procedures / techniques for each block. Axial or peripheral chronic radicular pain can be particularly severe and debilitating for the patient. The aim of treatment is to provide medium-/ long-term pain relief, and consequently to restore function. The therapeutic nerve block, performed with a perineural injection of anaesthetic, steroid or painkiller, is generally used once conservative treatments have proven unsuccessful and is aimed to avoid surgical options.

 Ultrasound guidance, offering the direct and real-time visualization of the needle and adjacent relevant anatomic structures, significantly increases the accuracy and safety of nerve blocks reducing the risk of intraneural or intravascular injection and the potential damage to the surrounding structures, but also enhances the efficacy of the block itself, reducing  its onset and drug doses.

 This practical volume addresses the needs of physicians dealing with pain management, e.g. anaesthesiologists, radiologists, orthopaedists and physiatrists, with various levels of experience, ranging from physicians in training to those who already perform peripheral nerve blocks with traditional techniques and who want to familiarize with US guided procedures.


pain management peripheral nerve anatomy peripheral chronic radicular pain nerve entrapment Nerve block

Editors and affiliations

  • Enzo Silvestri
    • 1
  • Fabio Martino
    • 2
  • Filomena Puntillo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyOspedale Evangelico InternazionaleGenovaItaly
  2. 2.Radiology DepartmentDistretto Socio SanitarioMola di BariItaly
  3. 3.Department of Emergency and Organ TransplantsUniversity of Bari Aldo MoroPiazza UmbertoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71019-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71020-4
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Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals