When are nerve blocks indicated for the treatment of chronic pain syndrome (CPS)?

Updated: Jan 14, 2020
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Nerve blocks are used for diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic procedures. (Nerve block ̶ related anatomy is depicted below.) Sympathetic blocks, including stellate ganglion and lumbar sympathetic blocks, commonly are used and are more effective therapeutic tools for chronic pain.

Pertinent anatomy for lumbar sympathetic block (cr Pertinent anatomy for lumbar sympathetic block (cross-sectional view).
Stellate block, important anatomical landmarks (su Stellate block, important anatomical landmarks (surface and cross-sectional views).
Schematic anatomical representations, sympathetic Schematic anatomical representations, sympathetic chain and stellate ganglion.

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