Home Care after Cervical Sympathetic Nerve Block
The doctor has done a cervical sympathetic or Stellate ganglion nerve block to help diagnose your arm or hand pain. It can also treat the pain. Learning more about the cause of your pain can help your doctor decide on the best treatment for you.
You may feel sore at the injection site for the next 2-4 days. You may apply ice to the site for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off to decrease pain and discomfort, if needed, for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours, you may use heat if needed.
Some patients also have
- Watery, red eye on the treated side
- Dilated pupil on the treated side
- Droopy eyelid and face on the treated side
- Hoarse voice
These symptoms will only last for a few hours.
You may have some changes in the feeling, color, or temperature of your hand or arm on the side of the body where the treatment was done for a number of hours. Remember to keep a record of any of these changes for your doctor. You may keep this information on your pain log.
Limit your activities for the first 24 hours to those that you can do without pain. No baths or soaking of the site for 24 hours. Taking a shower is okay.
You may resume taking your routine medicines after the procedure including pain medicines as prescribed.
Your doctor may order occupational or physical therapy. A referral will be made if needed.
If you have any questions or need to make a follow-up appointment to discuss your results, please contact your referring physician within 2-4 weeks after the injection. Your doctor will have the report within 7-10 days
You will be given a pain log to complete for the next 14 days. Complete this form and make a copy for your own records. Then, mail it back to us in the pre-paid envelope we gave you. We will need this information to decide the next step in your treatment plan.
Signs of infection
- Fever greater than 100.4° F by mouth for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
- Increased redness, swelling around the site
- Any drainage from the site
If you have any new symptoms or signs of infection, please call
Dr Sehgal – (608) 263-9550
Dr Leonard – (608) 263-8632
After hours, nights and weekends, call (608)-262-0486 or if you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942 - ask for the rehabilitation doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 11/05/2012
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