For pain in the tailbone, genitals, rectum or surrounding areas, the recommended treatment is usually a ganglion impar block. To help patients achieve lasting pain relief, The Pain Management Center offers this treatment to the residents of Voorhees, Linwood and Hamilton, NJ.
What is a Ganglion Impar Block?
A ganglion impar block is a pain management treatment that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into the ganglion impar nerves, which are located next to the tailbone. With these injections, nerve signals in the ganglion impar nerves are blocked. This will soothe any inflammation and produce long-lasting pain relief. Ganglion impar blocks are often used to treat genital pain, pain in the anus or rectum, and pain in the tailbone.
What is the Ganglion Impar Block Treatment Like?
The first step of the ganglion impar block treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the treatment area is numbed, a needle will be carefully inserted into the ganglion impar nerves, which are located near the bottom of the tailbone, and will be accessed while you are lying face-down. After the needle is in place, the injection will be performed. This treatment is typically completed in less than an hour. After treatment, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising at the injection site, but these effects usually fade within a few days.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from a Ganglion Impar Block?
After your ganglion impar block treatment, you will notice immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic that is injected. This will wear off in a few hours, and pain may return briefly. The steroid medication will take effect within a few days, soothing inflammation and blocking nerve signals so that you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. The results from your ganglion impar block can last between several weeks and several months. The exact duration of these results will vary, so we will help you determine the kind of results that you can expect during your initial visit.
To learn more about the ganglion impar block treatment or determine if you are a good candidate for this technique, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you schedule an appointment so we can discuss your concerns and needs. At The Pain Management Center, we welcome patients from Turnersville, Hamilton, Voorhees, and the nearby areas of New Jersey.