Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block

Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block SPG

Stop the Pain with SPG

The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) block is a well-established treatment for acute and chronic pain. It is effective in relieving of a wide variety of pain conditions ranging from headaches to low back pain.

The sphenopalatine ganglion is a collection of nerves located behind the nasal passages. Pain can be the result of the nerves being aggravated by trauma, infection or other causes. The SPG block is the application of a local anesthetic onto the SPG to stop the pain.

Procedure
One or two cotton-tipped applicators, which are soaked in the local anesthetic medication, are gently inserted into the nostrils until the tips come into contact with the mucosa overlying the SPG. The applicators may be in place up to 30 minutes to create the block.

Treatment
The SPG Block is effective in treating pain associated with, but not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Neck pain
  • TMJ pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Low back pain
  • Shingles

Location
Virtua Center for Integrative Medicine - Voorhees

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