Sympathetic Nerve Blocks for Pain Management in Red Bank, New Jersey

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation offers Sympathetic Nerve Blocks to relieve pain and ensure correct diagnoses. As part of a multi-disciplinary program of rehabilitation and pain management, Sympathetic Nerve Blocks are used to ‘block’ the sympathetic nerve system in the lower back or neck by injecting a numbing agent in those areas. For many patients, this provides pain relief in order to help the body heal through healthy rehabilitation practices (such as physical therapy, chiropractic, or acupuncture) without surgery or drugs.

Sympathetic Nerve Blocks

The basic objective of Sympathetic Nerve Blocks is to interrupt the ability of the nerves to send pain signals to the brain. This is accomplished with the injection of an anesthetic medication around the sympathetic nerves in the neck or lower back. A nerve block is a fairly common procedure; anyone who has visited the dentist and received Novocaine has experienced a nerve block.

When the sympathetic nervous system is disabled, pain may be reduced or completely eliminated. In many cases, this leads to a diagnosis of sympathetically mediated pain. From there, more targeted and therefore increasingly successful programs of pain management and rehabilitation can begin.

In addition to more accurate diagnoses, this anesthetic injection may allow for long-lasting pain relief. The overall goal when using Sympathetic Nerve Blocks for pain management is to regulate the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system in the affected area.

The sympathetic nerves are responsible for breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, digestion, and glandular functions. In many cases, a malfunction of the sympathetic nerves is directly related to chronic pain. For example, disorder in the sympathetic nerves found near the lower neck may lead to pain in the hands, arms, and face. The lumbar sympathetic nerves (located in front of the spine on the lower back) can cause pain in the feet, legs, and lower back.

Sympathetic Blocks for Low Back Pain

When Sympathetic Nerve malfunctions are found in the lumbar (lower) part of the spine, the result may be pain and weakness in the legs. For some, this condition can seriously restrict normal activities. In order to help patients get out of pain and back to normal movement, a Lumbar Sympathetic Nerve Block may be used to diagnose and treat symptoms.

Neck Pain and Sympathetic Nerve Blocks

When a local anesthetic is injected in sympathetic nerve tissue near the cervical (neck) spine, it is known as a Stellate Ganglion Block. This not only relieves pain in the neck, but also in the arms and hands. As with lumbar blocks, Stellate Ganglion Blocks are also used for diagnostic purposes.

Sympathetic Nerve Block at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, patients can find conservative, healthy programs of rehabilitation that include chiropractic care, physical therapy, and acupuncture. Additionally, our Medical staff provides minimally invasive procedures—such as nerve blocks—to help patients find relief from pain without drugs or surgery.

To learn more about Sympathetic Nerve Blocks or pain management in Red Bank, NJ, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.