Did you know leg pain is often caused by dysfunction in the lumbar spine? Or that a disorder of the sympathetic nervous system (which controls things like respiration and heart rate) can cause chronic pain? In either case, a lumbar sympathetic nerve block may be an effective way to alleviate symptoms.
This type of nerve block may help alleviate not just pain, but other symptoms of sympathetic nervous system disorders, such as hypersensitivity, swelling, hyperhidrosis (excessing sweating), or Raynaud’s syndrome (periodic spasms that disrupt blood flow to extremities). Lumbar sympathetic blocks may also help manage symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
We may provide a mild sedative to patients to help them remain still during this procedure. We apply a local anesthetic at the injection site, before injecting pain-relieving medication into the target area. Repeat injections scheduled at regular intervals may be necessary to maintain a consistent level of pain relief.
After a lumbar sympathetic block, patients will need someone to drive them home. They may experience weakness, numbness, and drowsiness, along with soreness at the injection site. These symptoms usually go away after a day or so, and patients should be able to resume normal activities within 24 hours.
If you have lumbar nerve impingement, complex regional pain syndrome, or some other dysfunction of the sympathetic nervous system, a lumbar sympathetic block may help you feel better. Complete the form below, or call today to schedule your consultation: (614) 383-6450.