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Stellate Ganglion Block Procedure: How It Works & What To Expect

One of the many benefits of regenerative medicine is the freedom that it gives to patients who are suffering from abnormal pain symptoms, but don’t wish to be treated with traditional pain killers or invasive surgical procedures.

This is especially true with the innovative Stellate Ganglion Block procedure, which can be used to relieve pain from numerous conditions in just one simple injection, with no risky side effects or lengthy recovery time required.

Today, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about this life-changing pain relief treatment, so that you can make an informed decision about your pain management care.

What Is The Stellate Ganglion Block?

As part of the parasympathetic nervous system, the Stellate Ganglion Block describes a collection of nerves along the base of the neck, just slightly near your voice box.

When nerve damage occurs, either from an accident or an injection, these sympathetic nerves can cause mysterious pains throughout the body, as well as other concerning symptoms that may be difficult for a physician to diagnose.

To put it simply, the Stellate Ganglion Block could be the missing link standing between you and your much-needed pain relief, no matter what the root cause of your symptoms may be.

How Do Stellate Ganglion Block Procedures Work?

In this surprisingly simple procedure, doctors use a combination of local anesthetic and pain relief medication to gently inject the Stellate Ganglion Block site, blocking the sympathetic nervous system from creating new pain sensations in the body.

In the short term, these injections can provide rapid pain relief in as little as a few days or weeks.

But in the long run, a Stellate Ganglion Block procedure helps reconnect the brain and body, allowing for seamless communication throughout the nervous system and preventing further pain symptoms from developing.

In most cases, your doctor will use an x-ray table to guide the needle into the appropriate collection of nerves, using only a mild anesthetic at the injection site.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Because the Stellate Ganglion Blocks connect to nerves in the head, neck, and upper chest, this procedure can be used to treat a number of pain conditions that impact all areas of the body.

Some of the most common conditions treated by a Stellate Ganglion Block procedure include…

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1 & 2
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Parosmia and other Covid-19 complications
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Nerve Damage
  • Herpes Zoster Infections (Shingles)

What Are The Side Effects?

While a Stellate Ganglion Block procedure comes with relatively few risks, there are a handful of potential side effects that you should be aware of before receiving your treatment.

The most common side effects are…

  • Swelling or bruising at the injection site
  • Droopy or watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion

On average, these symptoms disappear within just a few hours after being injected with the treatment.

However, due to the increase in circulation and blood supply that this procedure can entail, this treatment is not recommended for patients who are on blood thinners or struggle with blood pressure issues.

Ready To See If This Procedure Is Right For You?

Trying a new pain relief procedure can be a big decision.

At Got Pain Arizona, our team of pain management specialists are experts in the field of regenerative medicine and will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you get the best results from every single treatment, with as few hassles as possible.

Start your journey to pain-free living by calling our office today.

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