Sympathetic blocks are treatments available to patients who are suffering from CRPS or chronic pelvic or abdominal pain.
Sympathetic nerve blocks are safe procedures for treating a variety of chronic pain issues affecting different areas of your body. The key to success is in the proper targeting of the nerve that manages the area causing the pain.
If you’re seeking help for pain management, please contact us at 929-363-0303 or book your appointment online.
Typical Benefits Of Sympathetic Blocks
- The goal is to “reset” the spinal cord and brain and interrupt the pain cycle.
- Less need for systemic opioids (narcotics) and less nausea as a result.
- Improves mobility.
- Reduces pain and swelling.
- Provides pain relief or provides diagnostic support to determine whether pain was originating from the sympathetic nervous system.
- Minimally invasive.
How Sympathetic Blocks Work
A sympathetic nerve block injection involves injecting a local numbing anesthetic (Lidocaine, Bupivacaine) and a corticosteroid into space where the sympathetic nerve roots are located. The location of your pain usually determines where you’ll receive the nerve block. Your sympathetic nerves come together outside your spine area in thick networks of nerves called the sympathetic chain. If you’re experiencing pain in the upper part of your body, you may get pain relief from blocking the stellate ganglion or sympathetic chain in your neck area. If you have pain in the lower part of your body, a ganglion near the lower spine may be targeted with a lumbar sympathetic block.
A local skin anesthetic is injected to numb the skin. A needle will be inserted near the ganglion or sympathetic chain under X-ray guidance (fluoroscopy). Once proper positioning is confirmed, local anesthetic and steroid is injected around the sympathetic chain. This procedure takes less than 15 minutes. You will be offered intravenous sedation to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for you.
Conditions Treated With Sympathetic Blocks
A sympathetic nerve block can be used to diagnose or treat pain involving the nerves of the sympathetic nervous system. Examples of conditions for which a sympathetic nerve block might be used include:
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).
- Leg pain and swelling.
- Complex regional pain syndrome.
- Abdominal pain.
If you are suffering from back, neck, nerve, or another type of pain please contact us at 929-363-0303 or book an evaluation online to learn if a sympathetic block is right for you.