ptsd treatment, new treatments for ptsd, sgb for ptsd, sgb for vets Library of Resources – SGB For Vets

Library of Resources

Library of Resources


60 Minutes feature on CBS: SGB: A possible breakthrough treatment for PTSD (2019)

Interview w/ Dr. Mulvaney, a military veteran & a pioneer of SGB for PTSD

Interview w/ a pioneer of SGB for PTSD, Dr. Lipov: SGB: Possible breakthrough treatment for PTSD (2019)

A firefighter’s story: Patient Testimonial | Firefighter receives SGB for PTSD (2019)

Dakota Meyer’s video to fundraise for SGB (Medal of Honor recipient): SGB TREATMENT FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD (2019)



VA Fact Sheet: Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (2018)

Overview of SGB for PTSD by The Stellate Institute (Drs. Mulvaney & Lynch):

Psych Health Center of Excellence Fact Sheet: Stellate Ganglion Block for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (2017)

Military Times article: New research shows nerve injections are effective for treating PTSD symptoms (2019)

Medscape article: Five-Minute Injection May Offer an Effective Option for PTSD (2019)

Overview from Cornell: Stellate Ganglion Block for PTSD


Overview by Direct Orthopedic Care: SGB for PTSD Relief (2020)

Effort to pass legislation: Treatment that reduces PTSD should be allowed to be used by more veterans: lawmaker (2020)

US Naval Institute article: PTSD: Treat the Epidemic in Our Ranks – New Medical Evidence for Dealing with It Head On (2019)

Spine Review overview: 6 Points on Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with Stellate Ganglion Block (2012)

Orlando Medical News: Easing the Toll of PTSD for Military Veterans

Clinical Studies

NIH Study on effectiveness: Evidence Brief: Effectiveness of Stellate Ganglion Block for Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)(2017)

JAMA Psychiatry publication: Effect of Stellate Ganglion Block Treatment on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms – A Randomized Clinical Trial (2019)

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs – Military Operational Medicine: Effectiveness and Patient Acceptability of Stellate Ganglion Block for Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms among Active Duty Military Members (2019)


Potential Side Effects of SGB


  1. When reading about side effects (SE) of SGB, we recommend you look at the total SGB literature – not just SGB for PTSD, as it’s the same procedure – but SGB was around long before its use for PTSD. This gives the medical world a much more robust view of potential SEs.
  2. Be careful to distinguish potential SEs when the SGB is administered with use of imaging (e.g., ultrasound, x-ray) vs. blindly via the doctor feeling for “landmarks.” The latter is considered more risky.
  3. There is a difference between SEs (e.g., hoarseness, droopy eyelid) and complications (e.g., erroneous punctures).

PubMed Survey of SEs: Complications and side effects of stellate ganglion blockade. Results of a questionnaire survey (1992)

Allied Academies Study of SEs: Complications and success rates of stellate ganglion blockade; blind technique vs. fluoroscopic guidance (2017)

Centers for Pain Control: Ganglion Nerve Block

Cleveland Clinic: Stellate Ganglion Block