The stellate ganglion is a group of nerves that are located at the base of your neck. Inflammation around the nerves may result in chronic pain that may be alleviated with a stellate ganglion block. Texas Pain Institute offers stellate ganglion block for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What is a Stellate Ganglion Block?
A stellate ganglion block is a type of nerve block that is recommended for patients in the Fort Worth area who live with chronic neck pain, upper back pain and some chronic headaches. The stellate ganglion is a group of nerves that are located between the bottom two vertebrae of the cervical spine. The nerves branch out from the neck to the arms and face.
What are the Benefits of a Stellate Ganglion Block?
Our stellate ganglion block will interrupt any pain signals that are being sent from the group of nerves. The procedure aids with identifying the original of your pain, as well as provide some level of pain relief.
Am I a Candidate for the Stellate Ganglion Block?
You may be a candidate for the stellate ganglion block if you experience:
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Persistent neck pain
- Pain in your arms
How is the Stellate Ganglion Block Performed?
At Texas Pain Institute, we use fluoroscopy for our stellate ganglion block treatments. The technology produces a “live image” of the interior of the neck to guide our placement of the needle. When the needle is positioned at the root of the nerve, we inject a medication that contains steroids for inflammation and a local anesthesia to numb the nerves.
What is the Recovery Like After a Stellate Ganglion Block?
You may have little to no pain within a few hours of the stellate ganglion block injections. The steroids start to work within a few hours and take two to three weeks to reduce inflammation. Should your pain return, we will perform additional injections during a future appointment.
What is the Prognosis After a Stellate Ganglion Block?
Stellate ganglion block injections are used to treat and diagnose chronic pain conditions. You may need subsequent injections to address any recurring pain. Your primary or specialty physician may recommend additional therapies based upon the outcome of your stellate ganglion block.
Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer stellate ganglion block treatments for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.