If you’re always on edge and experience regular flashbacks caused by PTSD, you might benefit from a stellate ganglion block injection (SGB). This safe and simple treatment is available now at Southwest Pain Management in Irving, Texas, where the experienced clinicians can administer the injection in their office procedure suite. Find out more about SGB and how they can ease PTSD anxiety and depression by calling Southwest Pain Management today, or book an appointment online.
A stellate ganglion block is a treatment that involves injecting anesthetic medication into a cluster of nerves called the stellate ganglion.
The stellate ganglion is located near the cervical spine, and it’s a part of your sympathetic nervous system. This part of your nervous system controls automatic responses, like sweating when you get hot. It’s also where your fight-or-flight response comes from, preparing you to deal with any threats.
Stellate ganglion blocks can be helpful in treating chronic pain in the head and neck and increasing blood flow to the arms. SGB injections are beneficial for patients who have conditions involving nerve pain, such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and post-herpetic neuralgia.
A serious form of anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects people who’ve been involved in or witnessed traumatic events. It can also develop after years of being in a traumatic environment such as an abusive relationship.
PTSD causes symptoms such as:
One of the principal symptoms of PTSD is having flashbacks. These can happen when you see, hear, or smell something that reminds you of the traumatic event. The trigger takes you right back to the time you experienced the trauma that’s causing the PTSD, so you relive it again over and over.
There’s growing evidence that stellate ganglion blocks can alleviate certain PTSD symptoms such as:
Sean Mulvaney, MD, from Maryland recently appeared on 60 Minutes to share his experiences of treating veterans with PTSD using SGBs. Researchers have found a link to the fight-or-flight response experienced by people who have PTSD. SGB appears to calm an exaggerated flight-or-fight survival reflex in people living with PTSD. Veterans who receive SGBs for other health conditions, such as for nerve pain, report positive effects for their PTSD symptoms as well. Treatment success rates are as high as 80% even after a single injection.
SGB is not a cure for PTSD. It does not treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, seizure disorder, personality disorders, or other mental health conditions.
The experts at Southwest Pain Management can perform a Stellate Ganglion Block for you at our in-office procedure suite with or without sedation. Call today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
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