Stellate Ganglion Block

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If you’re experiencing pain in your upper extremities but have yet to find relief from either conservative methods or unsuccessful pain management treatments, there is thankfully another option. Stellate ganglion blocks have proven to be a successful method for helping patients finally find pain relief, as well as offer greater insight into why they are experiencing pain in the first place. The Texas Pain Care specialists team in the Sugar Land, Missouri City and Houston areas is well equipped to help their family of patients finally find pain relief and enjoy their desired quality of life.

What is a Stellate Ganglion Block?

A stellate ganglion block (SGB) is an injection of medication into the stellate ganglion, which is a collection of nerves located at the front of the neck on either side of the voice box. The bundle of nerves is shaped like an oval but also could look like a star, which is where the name comes from: Stellate (“star”) and Ganglion (“collection”). 

These sympathetic nerves that make up the stellate ganglion are responsible for sending sensations, including movement feelings and pain signals from the head, neck, arms and a portion of your upper chest to the brain. They are also in charge of many autonomic nervous system functions, including control of your heart rate, blood pressure, sweating and more. 

When these nerves become damaged or compromised, they can cause not only feelings of pain in the head, neck, upper arm and upper chest, but also swelling, poor circulation, limited or lack of mobility, and sweating. A stellate ganglion block can help to relieve these symptoms and provide the patient with relief. 

Another benefit of a stellate ganglion block is that it is also a helpful diagnostic tool. If the block provides the patient with increased mobility, reduced swelling, etc. then the provider can diagnose the underlying cause of the issues. Also, if the patient’s pain is relieved after the block, but the additional symptoms are still present, this means that another block could prove useful in another part of the body unrelated to the stellate ganglion. 

What Does a Stellate Ganglion Block Treat?

Due to the fact that the stellate ganglion is part of the body’s sympathetic nervous system, and thus the autonomic nervous system, a block in the stellate ganglion helps providers diagnose sympathetically mediated pain (SMP). This is a chronic neuropathic pain condition that occurs when the sympathetic nervous system sends pain signals to the brain for unknown reasons. Not only is this frustrating for patients, but it’s also a difficult condition to effectively treat for providers. 

However, stellate ganglion blocks are helpful for treating and diagnosing several symptoms and conditions that involve circulation problems, nerve injuries, and pain symptoms including:

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