Could a nerve block help with PTSD symptoms?

​​​​​​​Trial in US soldiers shows short-term benefit

Using a nerve block on the stellate ganglion in the neck can improve symptoms of PTSD for up to six weeks post-injection, a trial shows.

Anaesthetist with injection

The US military ran the multisite, blinded trial in 113 soldiers with clinical (80%) or subclinical PTSD.

Eight weeks after baseline, the 74 solders receiving two doses of the nerve block showed a reduction of 12.6 points in the Clinician-Administered PTSD Score for DSM-5 (CAPS-5).

In comparison, the 39 soldiers allocated to sham saline