Lumbar Sympathetic Block

A lumbar sympathetic block is a lumbar nerve “block” that stops pain signals from being sent to the legs and feet. Our specialists will accurately determine the source of your pain and devise an individualized treatment plan to help improve your functionality and mobility.

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The sympathetic block is performed on the side of the body where the pain exists. The injection is composed of medication that contains steroid and a local anesthetic, effective in reducing pain in the sympathetic nerves.

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What Are Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks 

If you find yourself experiencing chronic leg pain and foot pain, you may be suffering from an underlying health condition requiring more extensive treatment than what an over-the-counter medication can provide. Any type of chronic pain should be monitored by a medical professional or a trained specialist like a physician skilled in pain management. Your medical professional may recommend a Lumbar Sympathetic Block to treat and manage your pain symptoms.  

The sympathetic nerves that exist on either side of the spine in the lower back control basic functioning in the body. They carry messages from tissue to the spinal cord and brain. These nerves also control functions like regulating blood flow.  

A lumbar sympathetic block is a lumbar nerve “block” that stops pain signals from being sent to the legs and feet. The sympathetic block is performed on the side of the body where the pain exists. The injection is composed of medication that contains steroid and a local anesthetic, effective in reducing pain in the sympathetic nerves. The lumbar sympathetic block delivers medication to the sympathetic ganglia by the spine, reducing inflammation and blocking pain signals. 


Do Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks Work?

When the lumbar block is delivered to the branch of nerves suspected of causing pain, it can produce diagnostic results and/or therapeutic results. This minimally invasive procedure can provide pain relief from the anesthetic and long term relief from the steroid. If the nerves suspected of causing symptoms experience relief, then it is likely the source of the pain. Your doctor may recommend a series of the injections for long term relief.  

The procedure is performed in a sterile environment. You will be positioned according to the location of your pain. The injection site will be cleansed using betadine or alcohol. Your physician will anesthetize your skin using local anesthetic. A small needle with medication will deliver the anesthetic to the site of pain. You may experience pressure at the site. The process may take up to 15 minutes to administer. You may begin to notice immediate relief, but it may take a day or two for the medication to take full effect.  

The nerves, muscles, and tissue surround the affected area of the sacroiliac joint are bathed in the solution from the injection, reducing inflammation and pain. This allows patients to experience better mobility and help them return to a fully functioning life. Some patients may even benefit from the short term relief because it allows them to participate in physical therapy (another treatment method for lumbar nerve pain) for long term relief.


What Do Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks Treat?

A lumbar ganglion block is successful in treating several symptoms of various conditions. Once your medical professional has determined your pain symptoms are a result of specific sympathetic nerves in the lumbar region of the back, effective treatment can begin. This sympathetic block can treat: 

  • Shingles pain in the legs 
  • Phantom limb pain 
  • Diabetic neuropathy in the legs (not relieved from medication) 
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome) 
  • Vascular insufficiency from vessel blockage in the legs 

Immediately after shoulder injection, a patient may also experience a temporary increase in pain before the anesthetic is experienced. Sometimes, diabetics may experience a temporarily elevated blood sugar. You will need to take precautions to not overexert yourself and injure the injection site. You will also be asked not to sit in any pools or tubs for 48 hours after the injection to prevent infection. The steroid medication may take 2-3 days to start having a full effect. Patients can use an ice pack applied to the area to alleviate any discomfort.  

Pain and Spine Specialists offers progressive treatments like X-Ray guided fluoroscopy injections for Sympathetic Nerve Pain, offering Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks. Our experienced and skilled medical professionals can help establish effective treatments to help reduce your pain symptoms to improve the quality of your life. You can call (301) 703-8767 (Pain Specialists Maryland), (724) 603-3560 (Pain Specialists Pennsylvania), or (540) 433-1905 (Pain Specialists Virginia) and schedule an appointment today. 

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