Stellate Ganglion Blocks

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Stellate ganglion blocks are used to treat a variety of pain conditions including: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) of the upper extremity, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (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 more effectively. This will ultimately allow for long-term improvement in symptoms. In addition to CRPS, there has been success in using these blocks to treat PTSD, particularly among combat veterans. Stellate ganglion blocks also show great potential in reducing the severity and frequency of hot flashes.

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