Bellevue SGB Treatment For Veterans With PTSD & Anxiety Symptom Relief Launched

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Bellevue, WA – Interventional Orthopedics of Washington (425-326-1665) now offers an alternative treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

The stellate ganglion block (SGB) is a new effective treatment for veterans, active military personnel, first responders, victims of childhood abuse, or any person suffering from trauma. Though first conceptualized in the 1940s, the SGB has recently gained mainstream attention after being featured on such shows as 60 Minutes, The Joe Rogan Experience, and The Doctors, to name a few.

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The new procedure is an alternative treatment providing hope for those who have failed medications and other long-term therapies. SGB works by temporarily turning off the “fight or flight” sympathetic system with an anesthetic. As the numbing medicine wears off, the sympathetic system turns back on, or is “rebooted”, causing a new tone that is in better harmony with the greater autonomic system.

Interventional Orthopedics explains that the anesthetic forces the stellate ganglion to reset itself, which consequently relieves symptoms caused by an abnormal feedback mechanism. The stellate ganglion is a collection of nerves on both sides of the neck that controls the sympathetic responses of the autonomic nervous system.

During times of high stress, the body relies on the sympathetic system to determine whether a person will fight or run away from a perceived threat. However, chronic stress or acute trauma can damage the stellate ganglion and cause it to always be active. This can negatively affect health and quality of life and may trigger PTSD or GAD symptoms.

New data shows that SGB is a simple procedure that allows a person to return to a state of rest. It is especially effective when combined with preventive psychological techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

SGB is a safe outpatient procedure that only takes around 10 minutes to perform, followed by a short recovery period. As an additional precaution, all patients are encouraged to be driven home by a loved one right after each session.

An SGB recovery plan may include several sessions spaced two to three weeks apart. A set of three injections is most common, but some patients experience immediate results after only one. Many people report feeling calmer and more relaxed immediately following the injection.

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