Anyone who is struggling with a hyperactive fight or flight response that is always on might benefit from an SGB injection, as it has a numbing effect on the stellate ganglion nerves so this response is muted. The ganglion nerve block resets the brain by giving it a break from the constant stress signals being sent from the nerves so that it can calm down.
Those who seek a stellate ganglion injection may see improved symptoms, along with better sleep, higher quality of life, sharper cognitive function, and stronger relationships.
What Patients Are Saying
Everyone at the office is so friendly and helpful.
From Sabrina at the front desk, to Esther, the nurse practitioner who we saw for the appointment, everyone was professional and courteous.
- Maria D.
After transitioning from a pain and spine doctor in Columbia, MD.. The intake staff member at Pain and Spine Specialist made the scheduling a breeze. They were able to get me in within a week.
- Rashawn JJ
I've been going to the office for at least a year now. Never have I had a poor visit. Staff are friendly, caring and compassionate. All the doctors / NP are Amazing. They actually care about each patients health.
- Debbie Lang
This is an office that exceeded my expectations. The doctor was a good listener and I was impressed with understanding of my pain and symptoms. Highly recommend!!! - Pain and Spine Specialists of Mount Airy.
- Jeanne Wagener
This practice- every member - has been exceptional in helping me to manage sever spinal stenosis. Every care provider ( and I’ve seen most over 3 years) listens carefully and works with me to seek the best treatment modalities.
- Eileen M
My medications are on point and my new injections are awesome! I get my 2nd injection on September 2nd and I can't wait! I couldn't ask for a better doctor than my doctor! I'm very happy with my treatment plan.
- Janeen R
All the people at the practice are very helpful and considerate. Dr. Gandhi listens to what you have to say and then makes his decision on how to proceed with care. Not a lot of doctors today do this so it's a welcomed change.
- Ken S.
I didn't feel judged or anything because I was trying to get help for my back pain. I had a very pleasant experience there to my surprise honestly. I would recommend this office to anyone who experiences severe pain.
- Heather D
Dr. Roa is such an amazing doctor! During my first visit he never tried to rush through my appt., he genuinely listened to all my concerns and then took his time to explain to me in detail all his recommendations and how they would help me.
- Nikki Walker
Always friendly, courteous, and efficient service. From the ladies, who work the front desk, to the nurses and the doctors. I've always had a good experience with the Harrisonburg office in Virginia.
- Krystal Shaffer
I have now been with Dr. Rao for 13 years. He is the most caring Doctor I have ever been to! Dr. Rao makes you feel very comfortable at all times. I would not want to go to any other Doctor... I go to the Hagerstown location, everyone is very nice
- Theresa R.
The entire staff from the folks at the front desk to the Nurse, to the Physicians Assistant to the scribe that records the visit for the doctor - (great idea so the Doctor can focus on the patient!!!)
- NVA F.
Insurance companies can make things complicated. Regardless, I have been treated by Dr. Rao for over 7 years. I receive the utmost respect. Office personnel are caring and friendly. This practice is highly respected.
- Heidi B.
Completely the best care you could want the staff is so pleasant and caring and the doctors have true heart for healing, love being a patient here would give 10 stars if I could & absolutely the most caring during my procedure with Dr B
- Cathern C.
I had been feeling ick and had a fever. I switched to a virtual appointment and was approved. It was wonderful getting to chat and talk about my concerns just as if I was there... A seamless and easy way to be seen if Covid is around.
- HeatherAnn L
They scheduled my appointment very quickly so that I can get to help that I needed immediately instead of like most places having to wait two to three weeks to get in I called and was able to be seen the next day
- John H.
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PTSD is the response to a traumatic event or series of events that has occurred. PTSD leaves a person struggling to recover from that trauma and can last for months or even years. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are flashbacks, nightmares or unwanted memories, heightened reactions, and anxiety and/or depression. A stellate ganglion block for PTSD reduces the heightened reactions and helps when a person suffering from PTSD is constantly on edge, so they have fewer emotional and physical symptoms.
How Is Anxiety Defined?
Anxiety is a natural feeling that humans experience but people can get stuck in an anxious cycle, to the point where it becomes all consuming. Anxiety often accompanies PTSD, as it is part of the fight or flight response and is the body’s way of protecting itself from danger. Anxiety symptoms typically present as an intense and persistent fear or worry about a particular situation. The stellate ganglion block for Anxiety can reduce these feelings by working to ease the overactive amygdala, which is pumping out fear signals in response to the signals it’s receiving.
How Is Depression Defined?
Major depressive disorder is a mood disorder that is characterized by excessive sadness. Depression is often combined with PTSD, as a reaction to trauma. Also known as clinical depression, it negatively impacts the way a person feels, thinks, and acts, so that they struggle to function in their daily life. Stellate ganglion block depression treatments can minimize the effects of the stress hormones being produced, which plays a significant factor in depression. Depression related behaviors induced by chronic stress are mitigated.
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At Pain and Spine Specialists, our team of physicians and nurse practitioners are committed to giving you the most effective treatment when treating your pain. We believe that all patients should have access to quality care, and that is why you can find us conveniently located throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.