A Sympathetic Nerve Block is a medical procedure used to help reduce pain caused by certain conditions like complex regional pain syndrome or shingles.
The sympathetic nerves are a part of our body’s nervous system and control certain involuntary functions, like our heart rate and blood pressure. Sometimes, these nerves can also cause pain signals to be sent to our brain, even when there isn’t any physical injury.
During a Sympathetic Nerve Block, a doctor will first clean and numb the area around where the nerves are located. They will then use a special needle to inject medication, such as a local anesthetic or steroid, into the targeted area. This medication blocks the sympathetic nerves from sending pain signals to the brain, helping to reduce pain and other related symptoms.
The procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete, and you can go home the same day. It’s important to note that this treatment should only be done under the guidance of a medical professional and after careful consideration of your individual health needs.