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Stellate Ganglion Blocks for PTSD

Stellate Ganglion Blocks for PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects around 8 million Americans during a given year and causes significant impairments in their relationships, productivity, and overall life. Common treatments for PTSD include therapy, medication, or a combination of both. Unfortunately, research shows that these treatments currently have a 30-40% success rate. For those who have not responded fully to such conventional therapies, there is increasing evidence that stellate ganglion blocks (SGB) may be an effective treatment for alleviating PTSD symptoms. SGB is an injection of local anesthetic into a bundle of nerves in the neck, called the stellate ganglion. Researchers believe that this procedure works by calming the hypersensitive “fight or flight” response in those with PTSD, which may reduce feelings of anxiety and hyper-vigilance.

At Hudson Medical our skilled Neurology team has vast knowledge and experience using Stellate Ganglion Blocks for PTSD. Schedule a consultation today to see whether you may be a candidate for SGB.

Sources:

https://www.rti.org/impact/study-stellate-ganglion-block-treatment-ptsd-symptoms

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK442253/

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