The U.S. Army recently approved a study on the effectiveness of an anesthetic shot as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, Fox News reports.
This anesthetic injection is known as stellate ganglion blocks and has been used to help alleviate arm pain and to treat shingles for decades. For PTSD treatment, this shot would be administered to the neck.
Military doctors have recently been experimenting with this shot as a PTSD treatment because it helps block nerve fibers from initiating the fight-or-flight response that often ignites PTSD symptoms.
Results proved promising, which is why the Army commissioned the $2 million study. Patients that have received this treatment in the early trial have reported relief to PTSD symptoms such as anxiety, hyper-vigilance, and social withdrawal.
“Once people have the shot, they get dramatically better immediately,” Col. Dr. Jim Lynch, command surgeon at the joint Special Operations Command – Africa, said.
Although this isn’t a cure, it could be an extremely effective treatment method that can work in conjunction with other methods such as talk therapy and medicine.
This new study aims to find out.