Stellate Ganglion Blocks for Pain Management

A stellate ganglion block is a procedure that involves injecting a local anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid medication into the stellate ganglion, a group of nerves located in the neck that supply the face, neck, and upper extremities. The procedure is often used to treat chronic pain in the head, face, neck, and upper limbs. 

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Lumbar Medial Branch Blocks Treated Conditions

  • Sympathetically maintained pain (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) – Sympathetically maintained pain is a type of chronic pain that is caused by abnormal activity in the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is part of the autonomic nervous system, which controls unconscious body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion. In people with sympathetically maintained pain, the sympathetic nervous system becomes overactive, leading to an increased sensitivity to pain. 
  • Causalgia (nerve injury) – Causalgia is a type of chronic pain syndrome that often occurs after a nerve injury. It is characterized by intense burning pain, skin sensitivity, and abnormal sweating in the affected area. The pain is typically severe and can be difficult to treat. Causalgia can be caused by injuries to the peripheral nerves, such as those in the hand or arm, or to the central nervous system, such as the spinal cord. The condition can also be caused by surgery or other medical procedures. 
  • Herpes zoster (shingles) – Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection that affects the nerves and results in a painful rash. 
  • Intractable angina – Intractable angina, also known as refractory angina or chronic stable angina, is a type of angina (chest pain) that is resistant to standard treatments and cannot be controlled or relieved with standard medications and lifestyle changes. Angina is typically caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle due to blockages in the coronary arteries. 

Why Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers?

Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers is a leading provider of stellate ganglion blocks for pain relief. Our pain management professionals specialize in providing comprehensive care for a wide variety of conditions, including those requiring stellate ganglion blocks. Contact us today to learn why we’re one of New Orleans’ top-rated Pain Management Specialists. 

Stellate Ganglion Blocks FAQ

Receiving a stellate ganglion block involves injecting a local anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid medication into the stellate ganglion, a group of nerves located in the neck. They are often used to treat pain and other symptoms in the head, neck, and upper limbs with great success. 

Stellate ganglion blocks may be effective in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition that can occur after a person experiences, or witnesses, a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD may include flashbacks, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, and difficulty concentrating. Stellate ganglion blocks may help reduce symptoms of PTSD by altering the activity of the sympathetic nervous system and regulating the body’s stress response.