Stellate Ganglion Block

Stellate Ganglion Block

Get Back Your Peace of Mind

You deserve to live a full and happy life. If you’ve been struggling with PTSD, Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) can help you get relief from PTSD symptoms so you can live your life again.

Why Choose Stellate Ganglion Block to Get PTSD Relief?

SGB therapy blocks the cervical sympathetic chain, which connects your body to the parts of your brain that control your fight or flight response. It is believed that this allows the fight or flight responses to “reset”, providing long-term relief from anxiety symptoms associated with PTSD. Many peer-reviewed studies have shown that SGB provides significant long-term improvement in these chronic anxiety symptoms. 

A number of US military treatment facilities have used SGB since 2010 to effectively treat thousands of service members who previously suffered from symptoms of PTSD.

SGB Benifit 1

Most patients can be successfully treated with just one SGB injection, so there’s no need for continuous treatment.

SGB Benefit 2

SGB injection is not painful and does not require sedation.

SGB Benefit 3

Quick – you can go home the same day!

At the Center for Sports Medicine & Wellness, we specialize in treating our patients through the use of non-operative orthopedic medicine. We take great pride in combining cutting-edge technology with compassionate care to give our patients an exceptional experience. To learn more about our advanced non-operative orthopedic procedures, fill out the form to schedule a consultation.

What is a Stellate Ganglion Block?

During the Stellate Ganglion Block procedure, long-acting local anesthetic is injected into the right side of the neck using ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance. This anesthetic is injected near the main nerve that controls your body’s “fight or flight” responses. This nerve is known as the cervical sympathetic chain and acts as a two-way conduit that connects the parts of the brain that control fight or flight responses to the rest of your body. Many peer-reviewed studies have shown that injecting SGB into the right side of the neck results in significant and long-term improvement of chronic anxiety symptoms associated with PTSD. The SGB can be performed in less than 15 minutes and the benefits of the treatment can be seen within 30 minutes.

What SGB Treats

Extensive clinical research has been published showing the effectiveness of using Stellate Ganglion Block to treat anxiety symptoms associated with PTSD. However, SGB has also been used to successfully treat other conditions related to anxiety, vasomotor symptoms associated with menopausal hot flashes, and has helped reduce symptoms during treatment for substance addiction. It should be noted that SGB does not treat: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, seizure disorder, personality disorders, or other mental health conditions. In addition to this, while SGB does not specifically treat depression or traumatic brain injuries, some overlapping PTSD symptoms may be treated through SGB.

How Does SGB Treat PTSD?

The stellate ganglion is part of the cervical sympathetic chain, which is a key part of the sympathetic nervous system. The symptoms caused by PTSD or other anxiety conditions happen because the “fight or flight” response is stuck in the “ON” position. SGB precisely places long-acting local anesthetic around the stellate ganglion, turning off the chronic “fight or flight” response for several hours. Neurotransmitters in the brain are then “reset” to a non-anxiety state, resulting in long-term relief from anxiety symptoms.


SGB can improve daily activities, sleep, relationships, mood, employment, and more.

Ready to Reclaim Your Life?

Anyone suffering from PTSD that interferes with your quality of life can benefit from SGB therapy. If you’re ready to overcome your PTSD symptoms and get your life back, fill out the form and schedule a consultation at the Center for Sports Medicine & Wellness today!

About the Center for Sports Medicine & Wellness

Your premier destination for the most advanced non-operative orthopedic medicine & sports medicine.

At the Center for Sports Medicine, you don’t have to be a star athlete to get the cutting-edge technology to keep you in the game of life. Whether you’re an elite athlete, weekend warrior, or industrial athlete, we treat all of our patients with the same passionate care and attention to detail. Our treatment begins with a long-honored and often lost art of medicine: taking time to listen to your history, which almost always leads to an accurate diagnosis to begin your treatment.

Dr. Brian Shiple, Founder & Leader

Dr. Brian Shiple is a recognized leader in the fields of interventional and integrative orthopedic medicine, regenerative injection treatment (RIT), sports medicine, and diagnostic ultrasound. He went into private practice in 2006, after completing thirteen years as the division chief of Sports Medicine and as founder and director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship program at Crozer-Keystone Health System in the Greater Philadelphia area. Dr. Shiple is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the International Cellular Medicine Society, the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine, and the International Spine Intervention Society. In addition to helping thousands of patients through his own practice, Dr. Shiple has served as team physician to several local school districts, was the founding medical director of the Philadelphia Triathlon at Fairmount Park, was the chief medical officer of the Pennsylvania State Games from 1994-2006, and was a volunteer team physician for the US Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs in 2003.

Dr. Eric M. Kephart

Dr. Kephart is a board-certified, fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine physician. He was the founding program director of a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center/University Orthopedics Center in Altoona, PA. He also served as medical director of an NCAA Division I University and Team physician for the Altoona Curve Pittsburgh Pirates AA affiliate for 9 years. Dr. Kephart completed a 6-month fellowship in Interventional Regenerative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at The Center for Sports Medicine & Wellness under Dr. Brian Shiple. He holds certification in Advanced Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy under Neal Rouzier, MD.

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