If a person experiences or witnesses a distressing or frightening event, it is possible they could struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The mental health condition can often lead to people suffering from various symptoms that can impact their everyday life.
For instance, they might experience flashbacks, nightmares, uncontrollable thoughts, debilitating anxiety, and emotional numbness, to name only a few symptoms.
Unfortunately, many people can endure PTSD for many months or years, and the disorder can impact their daily functions and damage various relationships.
While there are a variety of treatment options available to help people move on from a trauma, a new PTSD breakthrough injection has been identified that could provide people with instantaneous relief from the condition’s symptoms. To find out more on how you can receive this PTSD treatment, feel free to get in contact with us today.
What is the SGB Injection for PTSD?
The stellate ganglion block (SGB) injection is becoming increasingly popular with doctors for treating post-traumatic stress disorder in both men and women, which is why we are offering it at our clinic. While it has been used since the 1920s to treat nerve injuries and circulation issues, military doctors have recently identified the fast acting benefits of administering the SGB injection for PTSD.
It generally works by dulling down a person’s fight or flight mechanism, which can help them to eliminate various symptoms associated with the disorder, and it can ultimately support other PTSD therapies, such as medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
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Where is the Stellate Ganglion?
The stellate ganglion is a bundle of nerves that is located on either side of a person’s voice box. This nerve bundle plays an essential role in the body’s sympathetic nervous system. The stellate ganglion block injection will be administered around these nerves, which can provide a person with immediate relief from the symptoms of PTSD.
How the SGB Injection is Performed
Before an SGB injection is administered, a patient will receive an intravenous medication from one of our experienced members of staff to relax them, if the patient chooses to be sedated. Next, they will need to lay with their back on an x-ray table while their neck is cleansed. One of our qualified doctors will then inject a thin needle into a patient’s neck, near their voice box, before injecting a local anesthetic.
Once they have performed either an x-ray or ultrasound for guidance, they will insert another needle into the same area of the neck to administer the anesthetic medication. The painless medical procedure commonly takes thirty minutes for a doctor to complete, and patients will be allowed to return home the same day.
Patients will, however, not be able to perform any rigorous physical activity or drive after 24 hours of receiving an SGB injection. They also will need to gradually build up to eating solid foods and should sip water through a straw while the effects of the sedation wear off.
The Common PTSD Symptoms
Many people who are living with PTSD will tend to develop symptoms within one month of a trauma. However, it is possible they will not struggle with symptoms until many months or years after a distressing experience.
Common symptoms can include:
- Intrusive memories (flashbacks, nightmares, emotional reactions to connections to a trauma, etc.)
- Avoidance (refusing to talk about a trauma or avoiding people, places, or activities)
- Negative thoughts and moods (a feeling of hopelessness, a detachment from loved ones, a lack of interest in activities, emotional numbness, etc.)
- Physical and emotional changes (easily angered, frightened, or startled, and difficulty sleeping, concentrating, or relaxing)
Unfortunately, the above symptoms can lead to social or professional problems, and they could potentially destroy a person’s relationships with their loved ones, as PTSD could affect their ability to complete daily activities.
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The Effectiveness of the SGB Injection
It is common for many patients to experience almost immediate relief from PTSD symptoms after receiving the SGB injection. While the benefits are not typically permanent, it could help people to take greater control of the disorder, and quickly move on from a distressing experience. For example, it could lift a person’s anxiety, and help them to feel like themselves.
Since identifying that the SGB injection can lead to immediate and sustained benefits for those living with PTSD, the stellate ganglion block injection has experienced positive press attention, as the success rates and advantages of the procedure have appeared in Time Magazine, on Fox News and have been endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. Consequently, congressmen and military unit leaders have since requested for their patients to be transported to a treatment facility to receive the stellate ganglion block injection.
The United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity has reportedly funded a study at the Womack Army Medical Center, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the Tripler Army Medical Center on the SGB injection and its benefits.
Since the stellate ganglion block has only recently been discovered for its ability to treat PTSD, there are still very few doctors and facilities that perform the SGB injection for PTSD. This PTSD injection treatment is being performed as a bridging therapy to alleviate various PTSD symptoms and support other treatment options, which could lead to a full and faster recovery from the disorder.
Should you have any questions regarding the SGB injection, feel free to give our helpful team a call.
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