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SGB: Neck Injection for PTSD

There are many traditional treatments for PTSD, including medication and cognitive-behavioral therapies. However, what happens when these treatments fail to make a positive effect on the patient? The search for an effective treatment for PTSD and its symptoms has been long and arduous, but new research into neck injections have shown that they have a positive impact on reducing the symptoms of the condition. Although they were traditionally used for pain relief, read on to find out more about the impact of neck injections on PTSD.

What are PTSD neck injections?

‘Neck injections’ is a general term used to describe the Stellate Ganglion Block, or SGB. The Stellate Ganglion Block is an effective treatment for pain relief and conditions such as phantom limb. However, there have always been indications that the SGB could be used to treat mental conditions, with the process first used to treat depression in the 1940s.

However, now there has been new research to suggest that the Stellate Ganglion Block treatment can be used to lessen the symptoms, both mentally and physically, of PTSD. SGB treatments are performed by injecting a local anesthetic, which is directed by an x-ray into nerves in the neck. The relative ease of this procedure has led to it becoming popularised in the medical community.

What research is behind PTSD injections in the neck?

RTI International has conducted randomized and controlled trials of SGB treatments to prove their effectiveness on post traumatic stress disorder and related conditions, such as complex PTSD. 

Through their research, they found that SGB treatments worked to treat the symptoms of PTSD by reducing the severity of the symptoms experienced, even if SGB treatments did not provide a cure. This has been combined with patient-centered perspectives at military facilities, where each patient either received the SGB or a placebo. By comparison with the placebo, this PTSD injection treatment was again found to be effective and worthy of popularization as a treatment for PTSD.

The SGB injection for PTSD

SGB injections in the neck for PTSD are found to have a positive impact on the symptoms of PTSD, especially in reference to the ‘fight or flight’ response. PTSD can produce shaking, tremors, sweating, fear, and panic in the patient when confronted with a trigger for their trauma. By numbing the ‘fight or flight’ response through a reduction in nerve growth, the symptoms of PTSD are found to be reduced in patients, allowing them to recover in their own time.

If you are interested in receiving SGB and neck injection treatment for your PTSD, you should speak to your doctor or refer yourself to an SGB PTSD clinic who can talk you through the process, and discuss whether you are suitable for the treatment in question.

How successful is the SGB injection to treat PTSD?

Neck injections for PTSD have incurred a 70-75% success rate over the first nine years of their usage and can last for years, if effective. However, current success rates are between 85%-90%, showing just how revolutionary the process could be in relieving the PTSD symptoms that you are experiencing. 

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