Complex regional pain syndrome, chronic stomach pain and other types of pain that involve the sympathetic nervous system may be alleviated with a sympathetic nerve block. Texas Pain Institute offers sympathetic nerve block for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What is a Sympathetic Nerve Block?
Our sympathetic nerve block helps with chronic pain that is linked to your sympathetic nervous system. These conditions may cause generalized discomfort or isolated pain in the upper or lower portion of your body. An accurate diagnosis of the origin of the pain is necessary for effective treatment with a sympathetic nerve block.
What are the Benefits of the Sympathetic Nerve Block?
Chronic pain can be a debilitating secondary condition that is caused by underlying medical issues. Often times, patients rely on prescription medications and cannot engage in therapies to heal the body. Our sympathetic nerve block reduces the pain to help you have a better quality of life and participate in your healthcare.
Am I a Candidate for the Sympathetic Nerve Block?
Working in conjunction with your primary and specialty physicians, we may find that the sympathetic nerve block is an appropriate option to lessen your chronic pain. The sympathetic nerves are found in the upper and lower spine, and we will target only the nerves that are sending excessive pain signals to the brain.
How is a Sympathetic Nerve Block Performed?
We may give you a mild sedative to help you relax during the procedure. The area where the injections are made is numbed with a local anesthesia. Fluoroscopy is used to provide a “live image” of the needle insertion and positioning at the root of the nerve. The medication is slowly injected, and you may feel a slight stinging due to the steroids in the injection. The medication contains a local anesthesia that immediately disrupts pain signals. This effect will last for a few hours.
What is the Recovery Like After a Sympathetic Nerve Block?
You may notice that your pain returns once the local anesthesia stops working on the nerves. After two to three days, the steroids begin to reduce inflammation which should subside within a few weeks. The steroids continue to work for up to four months.
What is the Prognosis After a Sympathetic Nerve Block?
Sympathetic nerve blocks do not cure the underlying condition that causes your pain, but the treatment will give your relief from the discomfort. Should the pain return, contact Texas Pain Institute to schedule another series of injections.
Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer sympathetic nerve block treatments for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.