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Sympathetic Blocks

Sympathetic blocks or sympathetic nerve blocks are considered an effective method for controlling and relieving chronic pain. This treatment is used to help diagnose and treat specific nerve problems that cause pain, such as visceral, ischemic, neuropathic and sympathetically mediated. At the same time, sympathetic blocks can be used to treat other conditions.

At Greater Houston and Greater Victoria Interventional Pain Management we provide sympathetic block services which alleviate pain and help many patients recover from their conditions. Our professionals will assess the origin of your pain and decide if sympathetic block treatment is the right therapy for you. Schedule an appointment at the nearest clinic and we will take care of your wellbeing.

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Sympathetic Blocks

Sympathetic blocks or sympathetic nerve blocks are considered an effective method for controlling and relieving chronic pain. This treatment is used to help diagnose and treat specific nerve problems that cause pain, such as visceral, ischemic, neuropathic and sympathetically mediated. At the same time, sympathetic blocks can be used to treat other conditions.

At Greater Houston and Greater Victoria Interventional Pain Management we provide sympathetic block services which alleviate pain and help many patients recover from their conditions. Our professionals will assess the origin of your pain and decide if sympathetic block treatment is the right therapy for you. Schedule an appointment at the nearest clinic and we will take care of your wellbeing.

When do doctors recommend sympathetic blocks?

Sympathetic blocks are recommended and used to diagnose, treat and eliminate pain that originates from the nerves of the sympathetic nervous system. This pain can appear in different conditions, but can be treated by our doctors at Greater Houston and Greater Victoria Interventional Pain Management.

Let’s go over some of the conditions that can be treated with sympathetic blocks: 

  • Pain originated from spasms in the blood vessels 
  • Excessive sweating
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Some types of chronic stomach pain
  • Vascular insufficiency
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Lower back pain or leg pain (sciatica)

What to expect during the procedure

The first thing that most patients ask about this procedure is when they will see results. While some patients feel pain relief right after the treatment, it can return when the anesthetic effects wear off. Normally, you still begin to experience the effects of this treatment after two or three days.

The procedure will be performed depending on the area where you are experiencing pain, which is where you’ll receive the nerve block. In order to begin with the therapy, you will receive local anesthetic in the area that will be treated. Additionally, the medical team may start an intravenous line and monitor your vital signs carefully.
After this, x-rays or fluoroscopy may be used to help the specialist find the right ganglion, and once the ganglion is located, it will be blocked by injecting it with an anesthetic solution.

Usually, this procedure lasts about 30 minutes and you can go home on the same day.
If you think that sympathetic nerve block might be the right treatment for you, schedule an appointment at the nearest clinic and our professionals at Greater Houston and Greater Victoria Interventional Pain Management can help determine whether you need this treatment to alleviate your pain.

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