Sympathetic Nerve Blocks in Ventura
Sympathetic nerve blocks are used to help people with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and others kinds of neuropathic type pain. CRPS happens when the sympathetic nerves continue to send pain signals long after an injury is over. The symptoms can include burning pain, swelling, and changes in skin color/temperature.
A sympathetic nerve block is injected into a group of nerves called ganglions. For pain in the upper part of the body, a patient may get relief from a sympathetic nerve block in a ganglion in the neck area. For pain in the lower part of the body, a ganglion near the lower spine may be injected.
During a sympathetic nerve block, the doctor will use X-ray guidance to insert a needle near the nerves to be blocked. The doctor then injects a painkiller and steroid medication. Sometimes the patient will be hooked up to an IV and given medications to help them stay comfortable.
After the sympathetic nerve block is completed, the patient will need someone to drive them home since they may experience some temporary weakness or numbness. This is nothing to be worried about. The patient can usually return to their normal activities after resting for a day.
If the sympathetic nerve block works, the doctor may recommend the patient get some additional injections 1-2 weeks apart for long term pain relief. The best results usually happen with a series of 4-5 injections, but every patient is unique and has different needs.
If you think you may be experiencing CRPS or some other neuropathic type pain, please call our office at 805-351-0745 to make an appointment with the doctor who will examine you and recommend the best treatment for your condition. There is no need to continue in pain. Help is just a phone call away. We are here for you.