LUMBAR SYMPATHETIC BLOCKS
A lumbar sympathetic block refers to injections of local anesthetic into or around various collections of sympathetic nerves. These blocks are used to anesthetize nerves located in the lower back (lumbar) on either side of the spine and in the stellate ganglion (front of the neck). A lumbar sympathetic block is performed to block the sympathetic nerves that go to the leg, while a stellate ganglion block is used to block nerves causing pain in the head, neck, chest or arm.
WHAT IS ARE LUMBAR SYMPATHETIC BLOCKS?
Lumbar sympathetic and stellate ganglion blocks are performed using X-ray and contrast dye for guidance to ensure the injection of medication is properly distributed. During the procedure, a small needle is used to inject a mixture of local anesthetic and steroid medication into the sympathetic nerves or stellate ganglion. The procedures typically last between 15 and 30 minutes patients are often given local anesthesia and some sedation if necessary. Depending on the response to the blocks, a patient may need a series of injections in order to feel long term relief.
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WHO CAN GET LUMBAR SYMPATHETIC BLOCKS?
Lumbar sympathetic and stellate ganglion blocks are used to assist in the diagnosing and managing of pain caused by nerve injuries. Patients suffering from conditions such as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Sympathetic Maintained Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Herpes Zoster (shingles) may benefit greatly from lumbar sympathetic and stellate ganglion blocks.
If you suspect lumbar sympathetic or stellate ganglion blocks might be a solution for you, take our short Treatment Assessment Tool to tell us a little about what, if anything, you've tried to treat your pain. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss possible treatment options.