I was greeted by very friendly staff. I filled out paperwork and was seen by a doctor immediately. He was very thorough and answered all my questions and concerns. I have been going for almost 6 months and they have helped my neck and low back pain tremendously. Highly Recommended !!! Ask for Dr. Ali, He's the absolute best!!!
- Cory J.
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What is it?
A sympathetic nerve block involves injecting numbing medicine around the sympathetic nerves in the low back or neck. By doing this, the sympathetic nervous system in that area is temporarily 'switched' off in hopes of reducing or eliminating pain. If pain is substantially improved after the block, then a diagnosis of sympathetically mediated pain is established.
The therapeutic effects of the anesthetic can occur, at times, longer than would be normally expected. The goal is to reset the sympathetic tone to a normal state of regulation. If the initial block is successful, then additional blocks may be repeated if the pain continues to sequentially diminish.
Conditions it treats
A patient suffering from CRPS/RSD will most likely have reduced range of motion in the affected extremity due to painful nerves. There might be any combination of the following as well. Swelling, skin color changes, hair/nail loss or fragility, temperature change, the pain might be described as burning, the skin might become hypersensitive.