Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks / Cervical Sympathetic Blocks – BZ Pain

Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks / Cervical Sympathetic Blocks


Sympathetic nerves are a part of your sympathetic nervous system and are located on the sides of your spine. They help to control bodily functions like the regulation of your blood flow. They can also transfer pain signals from tissues to your spinal cord.

when it comes to treating the pain depending on where it is. Lumbar sympathetic blocks are injections around or in these nerves in the lumbar area and cervical sympathetic blocks are used to treat nerve pain in the neck area.

Do you need Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks or Cervical Blocks?

Sympathetic blocks are used as a part of the treatment for conditions such as:

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Sympathetic Maintained Pain
Herpes Zoster (shingles)
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Pinched nerves in the cervical spine can cause neck pain, tingling, and numbness that radiates to the shoulders, arms and hands.

To get the best results from this treatment, you should get it as early as possible.

Lumbar and Cervical Sympathetic Blocks Procedure

We begin by cleaning your back with an antiseptic solution and use a local anesthetic to numb the area. Then, we use an X-ray to guide the needle(s) into position around the spine. After the needle is in place, the medication is injected gradually with precision and cautiousness. Once the injection is complete, we remove the needle and cover up the area with a bandaid.

Your pain might be gone entirely or lessened immediately following the procedure. Your corresponding extremity may also feel warm. You should have someone with you to drive home afterward. Try to take it easy for the first day and only perform light activities. In most cases, patients feel normal within a day.

How long do Sympathetic Blocks Last?

Sympathetic Block Injections are generally given in a series. After your first injection, the nerve blockage can last for many hours. With each injection, the effects will likely last longer.

The number of injections needed for long term benefits will vary with each patient. Some patients may respond well with 2 or 3 injections, while others may need more.