At OmniSpine Pain Management in Frisco and Mesquite, Texas, board-certified interventional spine and pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician Andrew Morchower, MD, MPH, performs the stellate ganglion block. The procedure is used to diagnose and treat complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Call the OmniSpine Pain Management office nearest you today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about stellate ganglion block.
A stellate ganglion block is an interventional pain management treatment for pain conditions affecting the upper part of the body, including the arms.
The stellate ganglion is a collection of nerves in the neck. These nerves are part of the sympathetic nervous system, which controls functions you don’t think about, like blood pressure and heart rate.
Occasionally, the stellate ganglion nerves become sensitized by external factors, causing significant pain and other symptoms. The stellate ganglion nerve block is an injection that blocks the pain signals from the nerve, easing discomfort.
At OmniSpine Pain Management, Dr. Morchower performs the stellate ganglion block in patients with CRPS that affects the arms and hands. CRPS is a chronic pain condition causing extreme pain, swelling, and joint stiffness in the affected limb.
Dr. Morchower could consider you a candidate for the stellate ganglion block if you have severe CRPS symptoms, like extreme pain, swelling, and redness in the arm that comes and goes, or a decreased range of motion.
Dr. Morchower uses the block to confirm or rule out the source of your pain and provide symptom relief.
Dr. Morchower performs a stellate ganglion block in the outpatient setting. The procedure takes about 15 minutes, but he might give you a sedative before the procedure to help you relax.
Dr. Morchower cleans your skin with an antiseptic soap. Using X-ray guided-imaging (fluoroscopy), he places the needle into your neck next to the stellate ganglion and injects the numbing and/or steroid medication into the nerve.
You may experience improvements in your symptoms within 10-20 minutes after the injection. Some patients will experience relief for a few hours, while others will have results that last days or weeks.
If you get no relief at all from the nerve block, then it could indicate that your sympathetic nerve isn’t causing your pain. If you do get relief, Dr. Morchower recommends a series of injections spaced every few weeks to get the best results.
Call OmniSpine Pain Management today or schedule your stellate ganglion block consultation online.