Dr. Jeffrey Tiede, director of the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, injects a local anesthetic into Master Sgt. Randall Kimble's neck during a stellate ganglion block procedure at LRMC in 2016. A Pentagon-funded clinical trial found that PTSD symptoms of service members who received the procedure showed significant improvement, according to the results announced Wednesday. STACY SANNING/U.S. ARMY
Dr. Jeffrey Tiede, director of the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, injects a local anesthetic into Master Sgt. Randall Kimble's neck during a stellate ganglion block procedure at LRMC in 2016. A Pentagon-funded clinical trial found that PTSD symptoms of service members who received the procedure showed significant improvement, according to the results announced Wednesday. STACY SANNING/U.S. ARMY

Injection shows promise for PTSD treatment in clinical trial

by Jennifer H. Svan
Stars and Stripes

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Injecting a local anesthetic next to a bundle of nerves in the neck can significantly reduce post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in service members, based on the results of a two-year clinical trial published Wednesday.

The Pentagon-funded trial conducted at two military medical centers in the U.S. and one in Germany found that PTSD symptoms improved after service members received injections of stellate ganglion block. The findings were published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry. The findings, published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry, could revolutionize the way service members and veterans are treated for PTSD.

“This does represent a new treatment option,” Kristine Rae Olmsted, one of the lead investigators on the trial, told Stars and Stripes.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.606278

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