A lumbar sympathetic nerve block can alleviate pain caused by numerous conditions associated with the legs and feet. The procedure involves injecting a numbing medicine or anti-inflammatory corticosteroid into the front of the spine, i.e., the region with the lumbar sympathetic nerves. The medication reduces inflammation and alleviates pain caused by the inflamed lumbar sympathetic nerves. We perform a personalized lumbar sympathetic block to address the root cause of lumbar pain and help you lead a pain-free life.

How does Lumbar Sympathetic Block Work?

The lumbar sympathetic nerves are located in front of the spine in the lumbar region (lower back). If you’re suffering from disorders, dysfunctions, or injuries that affect the joints, cartilages, bursae, muscles, tendons, or other components in the legs or lower back, the nerves will pass through the lumbar sympathetic nerves to communicate pain signals into the brain. A lumbar sympathetic block essentially blocks the nerves from sending pain signals into the brain, thus alleviating pain caused by the underlying conditions.

Lumbar sympathetic block alleviates
pain caused by the following conditions:

  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Shingles
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Cancer pains
  • Non-healing ulcerations
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Frostbite
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Vascular insufficiency

Benefits of Lumbar Sympathetic Block:

  • Minimally invasive pain treatment
  • Alleviates pain caused by inflamed lumbar sympathetic nerves
  • Minimal side effects and no complications
  • Diagnoses the root cause of lumbar pain
  • Provides instant and long-lasting pain relief
  • No post-treatment downtime

Your Lumbar Sympathetic Block in Edison

Your pain doctor will curate a personalized lumbar sympathetic block treatment plan according to your unique symptoms and condition. The pain doctor will assess the treatment area, discuss your symptoms, and administer numerous imaging tests to visualize the inflamed nerves responsible for sending pain signals into the brain. After a careful evaluation, the pain doctor will curate a personalized lumbar sympathetic block plan.

During the lumbar sympathetic block, the pain doctor will cleanse the treatment area on your lower back and inject a numbing medicine. The pain doctor will use fluoroscopic guidance to insert a specialized needle into the lower back and guide it into the correct spot. Once the affected nerves have been identified, the pain doctor will inject a numbing medicine or corticosteroid to block pain, which will reduce inflammation and discomfort.

Post-Treatment Recovery & Aftercare

Your pain doctor will observe you for 30 to 60 minutes, following which you can have someone drive you home. You might experience a little warmth and burning sensation in the area, but there are no harsh side effects. You can resume most of your daily activities, but you should avoid strenuous workouts. Most patients experience complete pain relief soon after the treatment.

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Edison Spine & Pain Management is the leading interventional pain management practice specializing in cutting-edge minimally invasive pain treatments. Our board-certified physicians and pain specialists use the most advanced imaging tools to diagnose the root cause of your chronic pain, following which they perform minimally invasive procedures. We liberate you from pain without relying on addictive opioids or risky surgeries. Please schedule an appointment to explore your lumbar sympathetic block treatment options in Edison.

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