What is a Stellate Ganglion Block?
Accidents can happen, and some can be serious. Car accidents, in particular, can lead to chronic pain due to nerve injuries and circulation problems caused by the impact. No matter their cause, if you struggle with these issues, a stellate ganglion block treatment may help.
The stellate ganglion is part of the sympathetic nervous system. This collection of nerves is located in your neck, on either side of your voice box. The ‘block’ is an injection of medication into these nerves. When injected, these medications can help relieve pain in the head, neck, upper arm, and upper chest. They can also help increase circulation and blood supply to the arm.
This injection is used to diagnose or treat various problems and nerve injuries, including:
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome type I or II
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Phantom limb pain
How Does a Stellate Ganglion Block Work?
A stellate ganglion block injection is straightforward and non-surgical. First, you may be given an intravenous medication to relax you. Once you’re relaxed, you’ll lie on your back on an x-ray table, and your neck will be disinfected.
Then, a local anesthetic will be injected near your voice box using a thin needle. Using x-ray or ultrasound guidance, a second needle will carefully inject an anesthetic medication. The entire process usually takes less than 30 minutes, and you can go home the same day after being monitored in the recovery room.
What Are the Results?
It’s important to take it easy during the day of your treatment. Avoid driving and operating heavy machinery. You can return to your normal activities the next day.
When your voice returns to normal, you may begin to sip water through a straw and gradually work up to eating solid foods. This treatment can effectively reduce pain and improve circulation without the need for surgery.
Stellate Ganglion Block Treatments in Deer Park, NY
If you are struggling with neck pain and/or poor blood circulation, a stellate ganglion block treatment may be right for you. To get started and learn more about this option, get in touch with our team at Evolve Medical today.
For scheduling and appointments, call (631) 529-2008 or fill out the request appointment form below.