If you are dealing with head, neck, or chest pain from shingles, CRPS, or phantom limb pain, you may benefit from stellate ganglion block treatment at the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia. We welcome men and women in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA.
What Are Stellate Ganglion Blocks?
A part of the sympathetic nervous system, the stellate ganglion is located either side of the larynx in the neck. A stellate ganglion block is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting medication into the stellate ganglion nerves for relief of pain in the head, upper arms, upper chest, and neck. This procedure may also be used to diagnose and treat nerve injuries and circulation issues.
What Do Stellate Ganglion Blocks Treat?
A stellate ganglion block is most commonly used to treat or diagnose pain in the head, neck, upper chest and/or upper arm. As a treatment and diagnostic tool, a stellate ganglion block in Brunswick can be used to relieve pain from nerve disorders like:
- Shingles pain
- Phantom limb pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Intractable angina (pain from reduced blood flow to the heart)
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
How is the Stellate Ganglion Block Procedure Performed in Brunswick?
At the beginning of the stellate ganglion block procedure, an IV line will be attached and you will lie down on your back. A pillow will be placed under your shoulder blades and your neck will be cleansed. A local anesthetic will be applied and your physician will carefully guide the injection needle into the stellate ganglion nerves in the neck using a fluoroscope, a live x-ray device that allows for pinpoint accuracy.
Once the needle has been inserted into the desired location, the anesthetic and steroid medications will be slowly delivered through the needle. The whole procedure usually takes around five to 10 minutes.
If your pain is mostly located in your head, you will need to remain lying down to allow the medication to spread. If the pain is largely in your arm, you will need to sit up for about 10 to 20 minutes.
How Long Do Stellate Ganglion Blocks Last?
Many patients will experience immediate pain relief following the procedure; however, they may see pain come back within hours when the effects of the anesthetic wears away. Other patients see long-term relief that can reduce dependency on medication and improve physical therapy participation.
Long-term pain relief differs from patient to patient. Some patients require a series of stellate ganglion block treatments in order to maintain pain relief. While some people only require two injections, others benefit from ten. The pain relief effects typically improve and last longer with each procedure.
The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia is proud to offer effective and minimally invasive pain treatments like the stellate ganglion block for men and women in Kingsland and Brunswick. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more.