Involuntary functions of the body are controlled by the sympathetic nerves of the spine. Inflammation around these nerves may cause chronic pain. National Pain Institute offers sympathetic nerve block procedure for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What Is a Sympathetic Nerve Block?
A sympathetic nerve block is a type of interventional pain management therapy that targets chronic pain that involves the sympathetic nerves. These nerves are responsible for involuntary functions, such as digestion, blood pressure, heart rate and more. When the nerves are irritated, you may experience pain in the abdomen, legs, arms or pelvic region.
What Are the Benefits of a Sympathetic Nerve Block?
A sympathetic nerve block will not remedy the medical condition that is causing your pain, such as a herniated disc or pinched nerve . The goal of the procedure is to alleviate the pain that is disruptive to your life and primary treatment plan.
Am I a Candidate for a Sympathetic Nerve Block?
You may be a candidate for our sympathetic nerve block if you have chronic pain in the:
- Pelvic area
How Is the Sympathetic Nerve Block Performed?
Using fluoroscopy, we guide the needle to the base of the irritated nerves that are causing your chronic pain. A medication is slowly injected to introduce steroids and a local anesthetic into the area.
What Is the Recovery Like After the Sympathetic Nerve Block?
You should rest at home for the first 24 hours. The injection site may have some localized tenderness that can be managed with ice packs.
What Should I Expect After the Sympathetic Nerve Block?
The anesthetic in the injection will provide a few hours of pain relief. Expect the steroids to take a few days to start reducing the inflammation. Your pain symptoms will gradually subside. Steroids tend to work for about four to six months. If the chronic pain recurs, please schedule an appointment with us for another sympathetic nerve block.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers sympathetic nerve block treatments for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.