People experiencing pain in their head, neck, or chest may be a good candidate for a Stellate Ganglion Block. A Stellate Ganglion Glock is an injection used to block the sympathetic nerves located on either side of the voice box in the neck. The procedure can be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes and can be effective in reducing pain and swelling while increasing mobility. Often, Stellate Ganglion Blocks are used to treat pain caused by nerve injury shingles, or angina. Additionally, the procedure can be used to improve blood flow for individuals with circulation problems. If the treatment is effective at relieving pain, your doctor may recommend a series of these blocks to provide long-term relief.
The best way to determine if a Stellate Ganglion Block is a viable procedure for treating your pain is to consult a skilled spine specialist. Contact your local NJ Spine & Orthopedic branch to determine if this procedure is right for you.
Commonly referred to as a sympathetic block, a Stellate Ganglion Block is a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure in which a doctor injects a local anesthetic into the front of the neck where your sympathetic nerves—known as the stellate ganglion—are located. If the anesthetic does not improve your pain, it provides the doctor with helpful information for diagnosing the underlying source of discomfort. Alternatively, if the injections help resolve your pain for a period of time, your doctor may use additional injections to provide long-term relief.
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During a Stellate Ganglion Block, you may feel some discomfort when the doctor probes your neck to locate the proper injection site as well as when the needle is inserted with the anesthetic. Additionally, while your doctor is locating the proper injection site, you cannot cough or swallow, which may cause some further discomfort. The needle will stay inserted for approximately 20 minutes while you lay down or stay seated depending on the location of your pain.
The most notable risks of a Stellate Ganglion Block include potential seizures, allergic reactions, and weakness at the injection site. However, these side effects are extremely rare as all patients are questioned in detail about their medical histories prior to the procedure. Additional, less severe side effects include tenderness in the neck, temporary loss of balance, and hoarseness. During the procedure, your blood pressure and temperature are closely monitored for optimal safety.
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Stellate Ganglion Blocks offer an effective treatment for pain in the head, neck, and arms. It is a minimally invasive procedure that is safe when performed by an experienced doctor. This cutting-edge procedure can provide much-needed relief for individuals struggling with chronic neck, head, arm, or chest pain. The best way to determine if a Stellate Ganglion Block is a viable procedure for treating your pain is to schedule a consultation with a skilled spine expert.
If you have been using conservative treatments for your neck or head pain but aren’t seeing results, it may be helpful to consult a spine surgeon to see if a Stellate Ganglion Block is right for you. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, our surgeons are dedicated to treating your pain and helping you get your life back.
Our experienced and board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, and orthopedic specialists work together to treat spine and back disorders with minimally invasive techniques. Our doctors understand that every person is unique and requires a personalized treatment plan. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we treat people, not patients. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled spine experts, call (866) 272-9271 or complete our online contact form.
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