Stellate Ganglion Blocks
STELLATE GANGLION BLOCK
Stellate ganglion blocks are used to treat a variety of pain conditions- most commonly for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) of the upper extremity. However, this block can also be utilized to treat PTSD and hot flashes.
Stellate ganglion blocks are performed by injecting local anesthetics near the stellate ganglion to interrupt the symptoms of sympathetically mediated pain. Sympathetically mediated pain is the predominant cause of the symptoms of CRPS. An injection at the stellate ganglion may reduce symptoms such as pain, swelling, color and sweating. The patient may also note a profound improvement in mobility. These improvements can provide a huge advantage when treating CRPS as it allows for the to perform physical therapy effectively. This will ultimately allow for long-term improvement in symptoms.
In addition to CPRS, there has been success in using Stellate Ganglion blocks to treat PTSD, particularly among combat veterans.
Stellate ganglion blocks also shows great potential in reducing the number of hot flushes and night awakenings suffered by women experiencing extreme menopause.