Temporarily blocking a group of nerves can alleviate headaches and brain fog – two symptoms commonly associated with long Covid, announces Interventional Orthopedics of Washington (425-326-1665).
Long-term symptoms of Covid-19, commonly referred to as long Covid, include a range of conditions like persistent fatigue, brain fog, and headaches that can severely impact daily life.
More than 40 percent of all US adults reported having been infected with Covid in the past – and a fifth of them are currently still having symptoms of long Covid. With brain fog and other cognitive impairing symptoms leading to an average 28% decline compared to pre-infection levels, addressing long Covid-associated cognitive issues has become a priority for many.
Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB), has been identified as a promising approach to mitigate such symptoms. This therapeutic procedure involves an injection that targets nerve signals, which may reduce various discomforts related to long Covid, explains Dr. Otono Silva, founder of Interventional Orthopedics of Washington and experienced Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation therapist.
The stellate ganglion is a collection of nerves located in the neck, which plays a significant role in the sympathetic nervous system—the part responsible for the 'fight or flight' response. The SGB procedure administers a local anesthetic to these nerves, interrupting the nerve impulses. This disruption has the potential to alleviate a range of symptoms, from headaches and brain fog to anxiety and dizziness, offering relief to those who have been struggling with long Covid.
Patients who have undergone SGB treatment have reported improvements in several symptoms associated with long Covid. These benefits include:
While individual experiences may vary, these potential outcomes offer hope for improved quality of life for long Covid sufferers.
The treatment is increasingly available at clinics specializing in pain relief and physical medicine, and it represents one of the many advancing strategies in managing the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In Bellevue, Dr. Otono's Interventional Orthopedics of Washington offers SGB treatments for patients struggling with post Covid-related symptoms. To learn more, visit https://iowmed.com/stellate-ganglion-block-sgb