Stellate Ganglion Injections

Stellate Ganglion Injections

The stellate ganglion are a collection of sympathetic nerves located near the last vertebra of the neck (near the sixth and 7th vertebrae) and can aid in increasing circulation and blood supply to the arm(s).

Often Used to Treat:

A stellate ganglion block is a procedure commonly used to identify and address issues resulting from poor circulation or injuries to the nerves in the affected area; these issue often include:




Phantom limb pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

How is a Stellate Ganglion Block Administered?

As part of administering a stellate ganglion block, an injection of anaesthesia medication is administered into the nerves where the ganglion is located. Upon receiving the injection, the body reduces the release of chemical messengers with activate pain sensitivity, thus reducing pain in the affected areas.


While the stellate ganglion injection is being administered, the patient will typically be sedated, and the doctor will use x-ray technology to guide a tiny needle to the stellate ganglion where the pain-numbing medication is then injected.

Are Stellate Ganglion Injections Effective?

The pain relief resulting from this procedure is not immediate; however, several patients have reported immediate and noticeable pain relief right after receiving the stellate ganglion injection.  It is most common for the affects of the injection to last four to six hours before starting to wear off, with the duration of pain cessation increasing with each subsequent treatment.  The amount of pain relief varies with each patient with patients often requiring a series of stellate ganglion injections in order to sustain continued pain relief.

Risks of Stellate Ganglion Injections

Stellate ganglion blocks are considered to be a very low risk procedure.  However, there might be slight discomfort, tenderness, slight swelling, and bruising at the injection site and immediately after the procedure.  Other, more serious, but temporary side effects and complications associated with stellate ganglion injections might include:


  • Drooping eyelids
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Hoarseness in voice
  • Feeling or sensation of a lump in your throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion or “stuffiness”
  • Tingling, warmth, or numbness in your upper extremities.

Is a Stellate Ganglion Injection the Correct Procedure for You?

A stellate ganglion block injection could be effective in relieving pain resulting your neck, upper arms, chest or head resulting from stellate ganglion nerve issues; this is a decision you will need to make after consulting with your doctor.

Dr.Raju Mantena
Dr. Raju Mantena is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist based in the Houston area and has over 15 years of medical experience which he relies upon each day to successfully treat his patients’ acute and chronic pain.

At 360 Pain Treatment, our mission is to provide compassionate pain relief, restore prior function and activity levels, and optimize the quality of life for all.


360 Pain Treatment aspires to create a culture of care in our communities by helping those suffering with pain to live more pain-free and thus improving their quality of life.

  • Compassion for all who are ailing and in need of help.
  • Advancement of minimally invasive healthcare procedures that firstly considers patient wellbeing.
  • Respect and inclusion for everyone we serve in our communities.
  • Excellence and efficiency in all that we do.

Success Stories

Patients We Have Helped Like You!
360 Pain Treatment
360 Pain Treatment
I’ve had terrible migraines for as long as I can remember, and nothing seemed to work. A friend of mine turned me on to Dr. Mantena and I’m so grateful she did. It’s been almost two months, and I haven’t had even one migraine in that time. I was getting them every week before, so this is amazing. A big thanks to Dr. Mantena

- Bob Johnson

Live Pain Free

Visit us today and say goodbye to pain