All About Autonomic Nerve Blocks

All About Autonomic Nerve Blocks

If you’re struggling with chronic pain, a nerve block could ease your discomfort and restore your quality of life. Nerve blocks interrupt the signal from the treated nerve to the brain, reducing your pain experience so you can resume the activities you enjoy.

At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Arlington, Virginia, our providers use both peripheral nerve blocks and autonomic nerve blocks to address pain caused by different underlying conditions.

Here’s a closer look at autonomic nerve blocks, the different types that exist, and whether this minimally invasive therapy could be right for you.  

What are autonomic nerve blocks?

Your nervous system is made up of two main parts: Your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) and all the neurons outside these structures (peripheral nervous system). Your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is part of your peripheral nervous system. 

The ANS is responsible for unconscious bodily processes, like your heartbeat and respiration. You don’t notice or think about these things happening because your ANS makes sure your systems are working, even when you’re sleeping. 

By taking information from other parts of your body and your environment, your ANS regulates these functions. But if you have an injury, disease, or condition that affects an organ or the associated neurons, your ANS may send pain signals to your brain. 

Autonomic nerve blocks interrupt the transmission of these pain signals, providing relief from both chronic and short-term pain. Our skilled doctors may also use autonomic nerve blocks diagnostically, to identify which nerves or organs are involved with your condition. 

Are all autonomic nerve blocks the same?

No. Several different types of nerve blocks exist. Some of the most common include:

Depending on your underlying condition and the location of your pain, your provider recommends the right one for you.

Is an autonomic nerve block right for me?

It depends. Nerve blocks can be a useful way to manage chronic pain and short-term pain. They can also be used to diagnose pain with an unknown cause.    

The best way to learn if an autonomic nerve block is the best way to manage your condition is by scheduling a consultation with an expert at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists. 

Your provider reviews your medical history and current symptoms, discusses your goals, and evaluates your overall health before creating a personalized treatment plan for you.

If you are a candidate for an autonomic nerve block, know the procedures are relatively safe and you can typically go home after your treatment. Most patients can resume normal activities after a day or so of rest. 

Side effects are typically minimal and depend somewhat on the location of the block but may include:

If you’re struggling with pain, learn if an autonomic nerve block can help. Talk to an expert at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Northern Virginia by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone today. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Link Between Alcohol Abuse and Neuropathy

Struggling with tingling or pain in your extremities? A nerve condition called neuropathy could be to blame. Learn how alcohol abuse and neuropathy go hand in hand, and the ways we help support your health.

The Many Benefits of IV Therapy

You may have heard about IV therapy for giving a much-needed energy boost. But did you know this treatment can address chronic and acute conditions and help you optimize your health and wellness? Here’s what you need to know.

Why Is PRP Growing in Popularity?

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, then you should know about the all-natural treatment that eases discomfort and promotes healing. Learn how platelet-rich plasma injections work and why this treatment is growing in popularity.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy After 60

Aging may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy excellent health into your golden years. Keep reading to learn five ways you can stay in the pink of health as you get older—even if you have a chronic condition.

How Excessive Drinking Leads to Neuropathy

If you’re a heavy drinker and experience pain or tingling in your arms, hands, legs, or feet, you could have a condition that affects your nerves called neuropathy. Keep reading to learn about the connection between alcohol and your nervous system.