Injections found to successfully treat PTSD symptoms in veterans

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is usually treated with psychotherapy, talk therapy, or antidepressants and other medications.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is usually treated with psychotherapy, talk therapy, or antidepressants and other medications. However, researchers with the nonprofit RTI International have found statistically significant evidence of the effectiveness of injecting stellate ganglion blocks into the base of a patient's neck to block signals along major nerve systems. Sean Mulvaney, MD, a former Navy SEAL and study co-investigator, says: "Now we have a strong study with the highest level of evidence that shows that [this treatment] can really help PTSD symptoms." Mulvaney said he has used the treatment on troops more than 1,000 times. Researchers conducted an 8-week trial using Army funding, a study of which was published in JAMA Psychiatry. Researchers found that the injections have few adverse effects. Missing the injection site is the biggest potential risk, but that risk is reduced when clinicians use ultrasound to guide needle insertion.