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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Click here to read in the Journal of the American Medical Association

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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Click here to read in the Journal of the American Medical Association