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Stellate Ganglion Blocks for the Treatment of PTSD

May 22, 2023
Stellate Ganglion Blocks are a safe and effective way of treating Post traumatic stress disorder.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It can cause severe anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, and other symptoms that can negatively impact a person's quality of life. While there are many treatments available for PTSD, one option that has gained attention in recent years is stellate ganglion blocks (SGBs). 
SGB is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting a local anesthetic into the stellate ganglion, a group of nerve cells located in the neck. The stellate ganglion is responsible for regulating the body's "fight or flight" response, and research has shown that SGBs can help reset this response in people with PTSD, leading to a reduction in symptoms.
Here are some of the benefits of SGBs for the treatment of PTSD:
1. Rapid relief of symptoms: Unlike traditional talk therapy or medication, SGBs can provide rapid relief of symptoms in as little as 30 minutes. This can be especially helpful for people who are experiencing severe anxiety or distress.
2. Non-invasive: SGBs are a relatively non-invasive procedure that can be performed in an outpatient setting. Most people can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.
3. Few side effects: SGBs are generally considered safe and have few side effects. The most common side effect is temporary hoarseness or difficulty swallowing, which usually resolves within a few hours.
4. Long-lasting effects: While the duration of the effects can vary from person to person, SGBs have been shown to provide long-lasting relief of PTSD symptoms. Some studies have reported sustained improvement in symptoms for up to 6 months after the procedure.
5. Potential to reduce medication use: For people who have been relying on medication to manage their PTSD symptoms, SGBs may offer a way to reduce or even eliminate the need for medication.
It's important to note that SGBs are not a cure for PTSD, and they may not be effective for everyone. However, for people who have not found relief from other treatments, or who are looking for a non-invasive option, SGBs may be worth considering. If you're interested in exploring SGBs as a treatment option for PTSD, talk our providers here at Advanced Spine & Pain Clnics of MN. or (612) 207-7463