Central States Pain Clinic

Nerve Block

This outpatient procedure is an injection of anesthetic to different nerves throughout the body. These are the sensory nerves that transmit pain signals from the periphery to the brain. Anesthetizing or numbing these nerves can disrupt the pain signals. A nerve block can provide temporary pain relief and may help to determine if a patient is a candidate for nerve ablation or burning, which can provide long-term pain relief.

Celiac Plexus Block (Percutaneous Approach)

This injection temporarily disrupts the nerves of the celiac plexus. These nerves branch away from the spine. They connect to the organs in your abdomen. Pain signals caused by conditions such as pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer travel through these nerves on the way to your brain.

Lumbar Sympathetic Ganglion Block

This is an injection of steroid and local anesthetic medication along the sides of your spine in your lower back that can help relieve pain in the lower back or legs.  This can be used a number of conditions such as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, complex regional pain syndrome, herpes zoster infection (shingles) involving the legs, vascular insufficiency and peripheral neuropathy.

Stellate Ganglion Block

A stellate ganglion nerve block is an injection of medication into the nerves that can numb branches of nerves in your neck.  This can help relieve head, neck, upper arm and upper chest pain.  This injection can also be used to diagnose and treat circulation problems in the arms and neck. This treatment may require a series of injections.

Genicular Nerve Block (G Block)

This is an injection of anesthetic to the genicular nerves.  These are the sensory nerves that transmit pain signals from the knee to the brain.  Anesthetizing these nerves can disrupt the pain signal cause by degeneration of the knee.  A genicular nerve block can provide temporary pain relief.  It may help to determine if a patient is a candidate for nerve ablation or burning, which can provide long-term pain relief.

Suprascapular Nerve Block

This injection is used to treat pain and discomfort from arthritis, bursitis or impingement of the suprascapular nerve in the shoulder joint. The suprascapular nerve is a major motor nerve that serves the muscles of the shoulder.

Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Block

This is an injection of numbing medicine.  It is delivered to the area around a bundle of nerves called the “sphenopalatine ganglion,” which lies deep within your face. This injection can be used to diagnose or to treat conditions linked to these nerves.

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