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
ξ Watery, red eye on the treated side
ξ Dilated pupil on the treated side
ξ Droopy eyelid and face on the
ξ Hoarse voice
These symptoms will only last for a few
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
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
Signs of infection
ξ Fever greater than 100.4° F by
mouth for 2 readings taken 4 hours
ξ Increased redness, swelling around
ξ Any drainage from the site
If you have any new symptoms or signs of
infection, please call
Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed – (608) 2665-0808
Dr. Sara Christensen Holz – (608) 265-3207
Dr. Peggy Kim - (608) 265-0808
Dr. James Leonard – (608) 265-3207
Dr. Michelle Poliak-Tunis - (608) 265-1770
Dr. Nalini Sehgal – (608) 263-9550
Dr. Shwetha Simhan – (608) 263-9550
After hours, nights and weekends, call
(608)-262-0486 or if you live out of the
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.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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