Pain Management Treatment May Be New Way To Help Vets With PTSD
The therapy involves a doctor injecting a local anesthetic into the patient's neck, targeting the nerves that regulate the body’s “fight-or-flight” response to perceived threats.
New Treatment May Help Veterans With PTSD
The treatment, called stellate ganglion block, has typically been used for pain management, but Dr. Eugene Lipov, an anesthesiologist, said he discovered in 2005 that it has the potential to relieve PTSD symptoms. The 10-minute procedure halts the nerve impulses to the brain that trigger anxiety and jitters in trauma victims, Lipov contends. (Sullivan, 9/4)