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2020 Apr

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Intermediate Cervical Plexus Block: A Novel Intervention in the Management of Refractory Chronic Neck and Upper Back Pain Following Whiplash Injury: A Case Report.


Chronic neck and upper back pain occurs in 40%-60% of patients that suffer whiplash injury. Increasing evidence points to a dysfunction of the cervical and thoracic muscles as the predominant cause of persistent pain in this cohort. Response to standard management including physiotherapy, psychotherapy, medications, and acupuncture are often inadequate. As a result, there is significant functional impairment leading to excessive health care costs. The authors present a novel treatment, intermediate cervical plexus block with depot steroids, in 3 patients presenting with refractory chronic neck and upper back pain from whiplash injury that produced durable analgesia and enabled return to employment.