Cervical Sympathetic Nerve Block
If you struggle with chronic pain, the highly skilled team at the Spine Institute of North America may recommend a cervical (Stellate) sympathetic plexus nerve block injection to control your painful symptoms. This form of therapy uses targeted injections into your neck or back to help with chronic pain caused by your body’s sympathetic nervous system.
Pain in your neck, spine, hands, arms and shoulders can all be caused by the sympathetic nerves. These nerves spread out from your spine and are responsible for many of your body’s involuntary functions, or those you have no control over, such as:
- Heart rate
- Blood flow
- Controlling your blood vessels
- Pupil dilation
- Moving food through intestines
However, sympathetic nerves also carry pain signals.
A sympathetic nerve block can be used both as a diagnostic tool and to treat the pain which involves the sympathetic nervous system. When you meet with one of our specialists, they may recommend a cervical sympathetic nerve block to treat conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome and other types of chronic back pain.