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PTSD Treatment

Our Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment is effective, non-invasive, and low risk. It has almost double the success rate of traditional PTSD treatments. The best part is that our PTSD treatment is not an either-or situation. If you are a good fit for the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB), then you can use it to kick-start your other PTSD treatments.

With 5 to 6% of men experiencing PTSD at one point in their lives and 10 to 11% of women experiencing PTSD symptoms in their lives, it’s critical to get the help that you need. Not everyone will experience posttraumatic stress disorder in the same way, and our SGB injection can only help with a certain type of PTSD symptom, but knowing and exploring all of your options is the best way to recover and move on from your traumatic memories.

What Causes PTSD?

PTSD occurs after a traumatic event. Typically, this traumatic experience involves a life-threatening situation, though the fear of pain or violation can also cause PTSD. The common belief, however, that the only people who have PTSD are veterans and active-duty military personnel is a mistake. Though they are a demographic that is more at risk, PTSD is prevalent throughout the United States.

Car crashes, firefighters, police officers, sexual assault survivors, physical assault survivors – all of these people and more can and often develop PTSD. Sexual assault, for example, is one of the most common traumas suffered by those with PTSD. 94% of survivors experience PTSD symptoms, and around half of those with symptoms will develop the post-traumatic-stress disorder after their assault.

What are the Symptoms of PTSD?

There are two types of PTSD, which makes self-diagnosing fairly complicated. We are familiar with the overt symptoms: the panic attacks, the aggression, the anxiety. What is equally common is feelings of numbness and dissociation, as well as symptoms of depression and anxiety.

A person will experience a variety of PTSD symptoms. Getting professionally diagnosed is very important, as is seeking out a variety of treatments.

What are the Treatments for PTSD?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, cognitive processing therapy, exposure therapy, trauma focused treatment programs, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing are very common mental health treatments for PTSD. If you suffer from the overt symptoms, however, and feel constantly on edge or experience regular panic attacks, then there are physical symptoms you need to address before types of psychotherapy with a mental health professional can be effective.

SGB for PTSD

SGB works to stop the fight or flight center of the brain from overreacting. When it overreacts, the sympathetic nerves grow, strengthen, and become inflamed. When this happens, it is easier to enter that state of life-or-death, and, as you can imagine, this puts a huge strain on the mind and body when you are not actually in danger.

The SGB injection can reset the brain and give you relief from these symptoms.

What to Expect from Your Session

This is a very old treatment. It has been around for over one hundred years now, though it was initially developed as a pain management treatment. It is still used for pain relief, yes, but its use to dampen pain signals caused by trauma is also becoming very popular.

Doctors During Your Treatment

You will be in the hands of medical professionals with decades of experience. In both our Arizona and Florida clinics, Dr. Jesse Hatgis will be performing the Stellate Ganglion Block treatment. In Florida, he will be accompanied by Dr. Edward Lucas, who will be providing the anesthetic.

These are board-certified physicians who specialize in their area of medicine. Dr. Hatgis himself is double-board certified in pain management, which is where he became proficient in this treatment. He, along with everyone on our team, believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of SGB for PTSD, not just for pain management.

The Injection

The injection is non-invasive and low risk. It involves injecting a local anesthetic from the front of the neck into the group of nerve cells at the top of your spine. This injection is guided with an ultrasound machine, so there is very little risk to you. It’s very fast as well and only lasts around five minutes.

We will keep you longer for around 30 minutes, however. This is to monitor for any side effects and to see if the treatment was a success or not. Though unfortunately, it will not work for everyone, it does have a success rate above 80%. If you are suffering from hypervigilance, anxiety, or panic attacks as part of your PTSD, then SGB is a great PTSD treatment to try out.

If it is a success, you won’t be able to enter those states of panic quite so easily. This can allow you to finally relax and calm down, putting you in the right frame of mind to seek out traditional therapies. There is no reason not to explore all your options: a successful SGB injection makes all your other options more effective.

Book Your Session Today at PTSD Group

We have two locations: one in Tempe, Arizona, and the other in Miami, Florida. This makes our innovative treatment accessible to those on both sides of the country. Simply schedule an appointment with the team closest to you, and we can help.

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