Living with chronic pain in the head, neck, or any other part of your upper extremity can seriously disrupt your quality of life and make it difficult to complete daily activities.
But if you’re hesitant to undergo costly pain management surgeries, you might feel like you’ve run out of options when it comes to easing your symptoms.
Thankfully, modern regenerative medicine has created a unique solution to a wide range of sympathetic nerve conditions that don’t involve expensive surgeries or risky operations.
Stellate ganglion block injections, or SGB injections for short, use a combination of anesthetic medication injected directly above the voice box. And since this is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, it can be effective at eliminating pain symptoms throughout the body, with minimal side effects.
Here’s what you need to know before your procedure…
What Do Stellate Ganglion Block Injections Treat?
One of the great things about SGB injections is their versatility. Because the stellate ganglion block is an injection that is used to target the sympathetic nervous system, its benefits can include pain relief, relieving symptoms of parosmia, alleviating PTSD and anxiety, and more.
The most common conditions treated by SGB injections are…
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1 & 2
- Phantom Limb Pain
- Parosmia from Covid-19 or other injections
- Brachial Plexus Injuries
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Nerve Damage
- Herpes Zoster Infections (Shingles)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
How long does the procedure take?
Since stellate ganglion block injections are non-invasive and don’t require heavy sedation, your procedure can be done in as little as 30 minutes. This makes it even more convenient to get the pain relief you deserve without sacrificing precious time out of your day.
When preparing for your procedure, your physician provides you with a mild anesthetic to numb the injection site, especially if you’re sensitive to needles. Then, they’ll use x-ray technology to guide them toward the block in the back of your neck, ensuring that you receive maximum benefits from your procedure.
Can I Go Back To Work The Next Day?
Another appealing aspect of choosing a stellate ganglion block is that the procedure comes with virtually no recovery time.
After your injection is complete, your doctor will evaluate the injection site and make sure that no obvious side effects have occurred. It’s recommended that you don’t drive yourself home after the procedure, in case you have a negative reaction to the medication used.
After that, you’ll be free to continue with your regular activities.
And although the risk and side effects from SGB injections are rare, some of the most common symptoms you should be aware of are…
- Swelling or bruising at the injection site
- Damage to surrounding blood vessels
- Droopy or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
How Many Injections Do I Need?
How long the pain relief lasts may vary from patient to patient. But on average, most of our clients see relief for up to several weeks after their initial injection.
By working with a team of regenerative medicine specialists, you can create a long-term care plan that addresses all of your pain management needs. They’ll be able to help you determine exactly how often you may want to come in for your injections.
Will Stellate Ganglion Blocks Help Me?
While the results from these injections vary case by case, our clients have enjoyed lasting pain relief from a number of sympathetic nerve-related conditions, all without the hassle of invasive procedures.
If you’re unsure if stellate ganglion block treatment is right for you, our team is here to address any questions you might have about this innovative procedure – risk-free.
Are You Ready To Find Out If SGB Injections Are Right For You?
We understand that choosing the right pain management method can make a drastic impact on your overall well-being.
That’s why our team of pain management specialists is multi-disciplined in a variety of pain management techniques. Got Pain Arizona has helped thousands of patients live pain-free lives across the United States. Now, we’re here to help you do the same.
Start your journey to pain-free living by calling our office today.