Sympathetic Nerve Block
The sympathetic nerves transmit sensory information like touch, pain, and temperature. They also regulate many processes like heart rate, respiration, perspiration, facial and body movement, and digestion. This type of block is typically performed if other methods such as pain medication or steroid injections have not been effective at relieving pain.
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Pain in the body such as the back, head, neck, tailbone, arms, and legs.
- Pain associated with cancer and cancer treatments.
- Neuropathic pain due to tissue or nerve damage typically described as a burning or shooting pain.
- Temporary soreness around the injection site
- Bleeding at or around the injection site
- Bruising around the injection site
- A feeling of warmth, or some weakness
The sympathetic block treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed quickly. Most patients have significant improvements that can last for several months. It is a highly effective treatment option because it can target the specific nerves that are responsible for causing the pain.