If you are experiencing unusual symptoms or pain in the arms, upper back or neck, a stellate ganglion block can help determine the cause or relieve your symptoms. At The Pain Management Center, we offer this treatment to the residents of Hamilton, Voorhees and Linwood, NJ.
What is a Stellate Ganglion Block?
A stellate ganglion block is a pain management treatment that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into the stellate ganglion nerves, which are located on the sides of the neck. Injuries to the stellate ganglion nerves, or conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome, can cause pain that originates in the stellate ganglion nerves. A stellate ganglion block will block pain signals from these nerves to either determine the cause of your symptoms or to provide pain relief.
What is the Stellate Ganglion Block Treatment Like?
The first step of the stellate ganglion 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 stellate ganglion nerves, which will be accessed from the front of either side of the neck. 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 Stellate Ganglion Block?
After your stellate ganglion 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 stellate ganglion 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.
Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment and determine if you are a good candidate for the stellate ganglion block treatment. The Pain Management Center offers this and other pain management services to patients living in Linwood, Turnersville, Hamilton, and the neighboring communities of New Jersey.