If you experience pain in the upper body, including the upper portion of your chest, your neck, upper arms, or the head, that is resistant to treatment, you may wonder if there is a solution you haven’t tried. You may be a good candidate for a stellate ganglion block injection in Phoenix.
What is a Stellate Ganglion Block?
The stellate ganglion is located on either side of your voice box. It is part of the nervous system. A healthcare provider can inject medication into the nerves to diagnose and treat a variety of issues. A stellate ganglion block can be used in individuals who suffer from phantom limb pain, pain from shingles that affects the upper body, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and causalgia.
The idea of having an injection in this location can cause anxiety, but your healthcare provider is aware of this and has performed the procedure many times. You may receive an intravenous medication to help you relax. You will then lie back on an x-ray table to begin the process.
The healthcare provider will use a needle, guided by an x-ray or ultrasound, to inject the anesthetic. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes. The results vary by patient. Some remain pain-free for weeks, while others find the pain returns after a few days. Your healthcare provider will probably recommend a series of injections to provide the best possible relief.