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SGB Procedure For PTSD

There are around 8 million Americans aged 18+ that live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and it is an anxiety disorder that anybody can develop following a traumatic event. It is usually associated with war veterans but while many do return home with PTSD, it is something which people of all ages and backgrounds can develop. We can help individuals who suffer from PTSD with a treatment method that many have described as groundbreaking and can provide immediate results.

What Can Cause PTSD?

PTSD can be developed when somebody experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. This could be anything, but it commonly results from a car accident, being attacked, a sexual assault, the death of a loved one, or being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. It is also possible to get PTSD through learning of a loved one’s trauma this is known as secondary trauma. Additionally, complex PTSD is another type of disorder that comes with a range of other symptoms.

Abnormal Stress Hormone Levels

As you can see, PTSD is a highly complex disorder and one which can differ from case-to-case. From a medical standpoint, studies show that those with PTSD have abnormal stress hormone levels that trigger the fight or flight response and normally only occur in dangerous situations where the body is preparing for action as part of a survival mechanism. This means that the individual can constantly feel on edge, tense and stressed even when there is no danger.
There are many symptoms of PTSD but they generally all stem from a feeling of constant anxiety and flashbacks and/or nightmares where the traumatic event is relived. These symptoms can be difficult to manage and they can also interfere with your personal and professional life. Many people with PTSD find it hard to hold down a job, manage relationships, look after their own wellbeing and get to sleep at night. This can stop people from leading the life that they had before and stop them from being happy.
Diagnosis & PTSD Treatment Options

People are usually diagnosed with PTSD if their symptoms do not subside within one month. It is also important to note that while often the symptoms develop immediately after the traumatic experience, sometimes it can take weeks, months, or even years for PTSD to develop. Once you have been diagnosed with PTSD there will be a few treatment options available to you. It depends on the individual, but these treatment options can be highly effective and many people go on to put the incident in the past and find happiness.

The main treatments for PTSD include:

  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Antidepressants
  • Group therapy
  • Art therapies
  • Self-care
The SGB Procedure

We offer another treatment option available which is being hailed as a “breakthrough treatment” by many right now and this is a stellate ganglion block (SGB) injection. A bundle of nerves in the neck called the stellate ganglion controls the fight or flight response and becomes overactive when an individual develops PTSD. The SGB procedure for PTSD involves injecting a mixture of local anesthetic to dull the nerves and reboot the transmitter. 

The procedure is low-risk and carried out with fluoroscopy for complete precision. Although it is only in recent times that it has been hailed a breakthrough procedure, the SGB injection is widely performed all over the world and was first used in the 1920s. It was originally designed to treat chronic pain in the area and this is still a common application for the injection today.

Fast-Acting Results

The effects of the stellate ganglion block can be felt almost immediately and many people claim that they feel free from anxiety and stress straight away. The effects can last for several months, after which you can opt to have the injection again. The SGB injection is proving to be popular because it delivers immediate results which can help people to feel happier straight away. 

Although the SGB is not a cure for PTSD and it will not make you forget the memories of the event, the SGB will help to make managing these memories much easier and help with the various other symptoms that are attached to PTSD, such as insomnia. Additionally, illuminating the stress and anxiety is also helpful for other aspects of treatment, such as CBT or group therapy.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that affects millions of people and can interfere with just about all areas of life. PTSD is hard to live with but treatment can be highly effective and many people go on to lead happy lives. Our SGB procedure is one option that can provide immediate relief, so it is a life-changing experience and one which can help to alleviate the main symptoms, the smaller symptoms and also help with the rest of your recovery. This makes it a smart procedure for anyone that experiences PTSD and one which could drastically improve your life in more ways than one.

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