SGB Injection for PTSD
Do you suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? PTSD is a remarkably common anxiety disorder that is developed by being involved in or witnessing a traumatic event. It is commonly associated with war veterans, but it can affect anyone and it is a condition that can seriously impact your life. Treatment for PTSD is possible and we offer a highly effective treatment option which can provide immediate relief and put you on the path to complete recovery.
Those that suffer with PTSD often relive the event(s) over and over again in the form of flashbacks and nightmares, which causes them to live in a constant state of fear. This can also lead to a range of other issues, such as insomnia, a lack of appetite, struggling to focus and many other issues.
Not only this, but many people who suffer with PTSD often have feelings of guilt and isolation having lived through the traumatic experience (especially if others did not survive). PTSD can often interfere with many other areas of life too, including the ability to hold down a job, maintaining friendships and romantic relationships, decision making, and the ability to enjoy your free time.
Studies show that those with PTSD have abnormal levels of stress hormones, such as adrenaline, often known as the “fight or flight reaction.” Those with PTSD continue to produce these hormones even when there is no danger, and so is what contributes to the symptoms and can make it such a challenging disorder to live with.
PTSD can develop after any kind of traumatic event but there are a few experiences that seem to lead to the disorder more than others. These include:
Being Diagnosed & Treatment Options
After experiencing any kind of traumatic event, it is normal to have feelings of anxiety and difficulty sleeping, but if these problems persist for longer than a month then you may be diagnosed with PTSD. PTSD often develops immediately after the event but sometimes it can take weeks, months and even years to develop. As such a complex condition, there are many different types of PTSD and it can be challenging to treat, especially when you consider that every case is different.
The treatment approach will depend on the severity of the symptoms and the time in which PTSD has developed, but the following treatment options have proven to be successful in the past:
- Talking treatments, such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Group therapy
- The stellate ganglion block
Self-care is also incredibly important in terms of treating PTSD. This involves getting to know your triggers and how to avoid them, looking after your physical health, leaning on your support network de-sensitization and being patient with yourself.
SGB Injection Therapy for PTSD
One of the most recent treatment methods available is a PTSD breakthrough injection called the stellate ganglion block. The stellate ganglion block (SGB) procedure is proving to be hugely popular right now and deemed a “miracle cure” by many. Although the SGB is not a cure for PTSD, it is used to reset the “flight or fight” system and decrease adrenaline levels in the body. It is believed that extra nerves in this system can grow after experiencing or witnessing trauma which can lead to an increase in an adrenaline-like substance. This activates the fear center of the brain for a prolonged period of time, which can lead to PTSD.
The SGB injection for PTSD we offer works by injecting a local anesthetic that numbs the bundle of nerves at the base of the neck, which dulls the “fight or flight” transmitter. This can deliver instant results which can last for years. The injection can reboot the nervous system to its previous state before the incident which can alleviate the symptoms of PTSD and help the individual to lead a happier life free from anxiety. The SGB injection has been used since the 1920s and has been administered millions of times all around the world. It is also used to relieve pain in the head, neck, upper chest and arms. It is a low-risk pain procedure and one which is performed under x-ray guidance.
A Complete Treatment Plan
Although the SGB injection for PTSD can be highly effective in treat-ing the symptoms of PTSD, our doctors generally suggest that the patient continue their medication, therapies, and other treatment modalities until their psychiatrist or other health professional advises otherwise. Most of our patients find that the combination of the SGB injection with talk therapies, medication, and self-care is the most effective way to fully treat PTSD and help the individual move on with their life.
PTSD is common and can affect anyone that has experienced or witnessed any traumatic event, but it can be treated. The SGB injection for PTSD is certainly a treatment option that should be considered because it is proven to be highly effective and can deliver immediate results. If you are interested in the stellate ganglion block and want to know if it is a good treatment option for you, be sure to get in contact with us today.
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