Those who have suffered from abusive tramautic experiences such as rape or domestic violence may suffer from PTSD
Police, firefighters, EMS and others may suffer from PTSD following exposure to natural disasters, mass casualty events or accidents
Between 11-20% of recent combat veterans suffer from PTSD (US Dept of Veterans affairs
Those who have experienced accidents at the workplace or home, car accidents, or other traumatic events may develop the symptoms of PTSD
For some, the symptoms of PTSD dissipate over time. If psychological symptoms have not subsided within the first year, the chances of an untreated recovery are thin. Self destructive actions and social consequences of these symptoms can progressively worsen over time. Treatment is available for those that need it.
Commonly known as a sympathetic block, Stellate Ganglion Block is a low-risk 30 minute procedure which involves placing an anesthetic agent on the stellate ganglion. This injection targets a collection of nerves in the neck, and regulates the activation of the amygdala, which plays a key role in how we experience emotions.
In conjunction with traditional mental health treatment, Stellate Ganglion Block has the potential to relieve PTSD symptoms for years. As a quick outpatient procedure, SGB is considered a low risk treatment option. During the procedure norepinephrine levels are reduced, and extra nerve growth is inhibited. The injection results in a “reboot” of the sympathetic nerve system to its pre-trauma state and boasts impressive success rates. While all experiences are different, studies have shown that SGB demonstrates a success rate of as high as 85-90%. SGB does not cure PTSD, but rather seeks to help a patient minimize their symptoms while under the continued guidance of psychiatric professionals.