New Study Supports Using Shot to Treat PTSD

From USNI news: 

Proponents of treating post-traumatic stress disorder with a shot to the neck instead of more traditional medication and intense therapy now have a peer-reviewed study to back up their claims of the method’s effectiveness.

The shot, called a stellate ganglion block, is administered by health care professionals into the neck of an individual who screens for suffering from PTSD. The treatment is not a cure for PTSD. Instead, it focuses on the part of a patient’s nervous system, the stellate ganglion, that is critical to regulating the physiological reactions tied to PTSD.

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New research shows nerve injections are effective for treating PTSD symptoms

From Military Times:

New research has bolstered the argument that a century-old pain management technique is effective for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

Results of a clinical trial published online Wednesday by JAMA Psychiatry show that stellate ganglion block, or SGB, injections reduced PTSD symptoms at roughly twice the rate of a placebo, resulting in a noticeable improvement for those who received them.

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Effect of Stellate Ganglion Block Treatment on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms – A Randomized Clinical Trial

After years of research, Dr. Lipov’s treatment has been proven – by a now-published clinical trial – to make “a significant difference” for veterans with PTSD.

From the article: 
Key Points

Question  How does stellate ganglion block compare with sham treatment in reducing the severity of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms over 8 weeks?

Findings  In this sham-controlled randomized clinical trial, 2 stellate ganglion block treatments 2 weeks apart were effective in reducing Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 total symptom severity scores over 8 weeks. The adjusted mean symptom change was −12.6 points for the group receiving stellate ganglion blocks, compared with −6.1 points for those receiving sham treatment, a significant difference.

Meaning  Stellate ganglion block treatment warrants further study as a posttraumatic stress disorder treatment adjunct.

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Effect of Stellate Ganglion Block Treatment on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms – A Randomized Clinical Trial

After years of research, Dr. Lipov’s treatment has been proven – by a now-published clinical trial – to make “a significant difference” for veterans with PTSD.

From the article: 
Key Points

Question  How does stellate ganglion block compare with sham treatment in reducing the severity of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms over 8 weeks?

Findings  In this sham-controlled randomized clinical trial, 2 stellate ganglion block treatments 2 weeks apart were effective in reducing Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 total symptom severity scores over 8 weeks. The adjusted mean symptom change was −12.6 points for the group receiving stellate ganglion blocks, compared with −6.1 points for those receiving sham treatment, a significant difference.

Meaning  Stellate ganglion block treatment warrants further study as a posttraumatic stress disorder treatment adjunct.

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How a pain in the neck injects relief for PTSD

Brigadier General Donald C. Bolduc fought through ten deployments, bomb blasts, and firefights.

Now retired, the former Commanding Officer of Special Operations Command Africa is fighting a battle against Post Traumatic Stress and TBI.

The newest weapon? A neck injection that could revolutionize how we treat PTSD.

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Pain specialist uses injections to help military personnel with PTSD

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CHICAGO — A local pain medicine specialist says he can inject a sense of calm into patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Critics are waiting for results from a formal study; meanwhile, hundreds of people, including military personnel, say they’ve been saved, including a woman with nightmarish injuries who traveled to Chicago because she says she knows he treatment works.

First Lt. Katie Blanchard, a retired U.S. Army nurse, suffered a horrific attack… read here for more

Medal of Honor recipient praises revolutionary neck injection treatment for PTSD

Story from Military Times

18 June 2019

A therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder that some doctors believe will “revolutionize the way PTSD is handled” was the subject of a recent “60 Minutes” report featuring a number of afflicted veterans, including one Medal of Honor recipient.

The breakthrough treatment, called stellate ganglion block, or SGB, has been shown to significantly diminish various symptoms of PTSD, such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

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Treating PTSD with the Stellate Ganglion Block with Navy Veteran Meriwether Ball

 

Story from VeteranOnTheMove.com

25 February 2019

Meriwether Ball, USMC historian and journalist, has provided pro-bono public affairs effort for Dr. Eugene Lipov since her successful treatment, relieving her of 50 years of symptoms.  Dr. Eugene Lipov is the pioneering anesthesiologist who developed the Lipov Block, the stellate ganglion block for treatment of PTSD.

I don’t have flashbacks, nightmares anymore and I have to tell you that it was so unfamiliar.  The first thing I said, Greg asked me how do I feel and I said, it’s so noisy in here. He said that’s something, a lot of people who have had the block experience that the noise in your head is so loud.  I didn’t realize that flashbacks had audio. – Meriwether Ball

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Volunteers jump at chance to help veterans recover from PTSD

Story from WGNtv.com Chicago

18 November 2018

CHICAGO — With Michael Jordan’s statue looking on, volunteers leapt at the chance to support veterans by jumping rope thousands of times Sunday.

During the “Jump for Vets” charity event, around 70 people pushed themselves to do 2,200 jumps, or the equivalent of 100 jumps for every veteran that takes their own life each year. Sponsored by Rags of Honor, the charity event aims to raise around $15,000 to provide medical care for soldiers battling PTSD.

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Volunteers jump at chance to help veterans recover from PTSD

Story from WGNtv.com Chicago

18 November 2018

CHICAGO — With Michael Jordan’s statue looking on, volunteers leapt at the chance to support veterans by jumping rope thousands of times Sunday.

During the “Jump for Vets” charity event, around 70 people pushed themselves to do 2,200 jumps, or the equivalent of 100 jumps for every veteran that takes their own life each year. Sponsored by Rags of Honor, the charity event aims to raise around $15,000 to provide medical care for soldiers battling PTSD.

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