Treating Post-Traumatic Stress

Treating Post-Traumatic Stress

The Fayetteville Observer published an article on a treatment initially used to treat pain, that is now being used to treat post-traumatic stress.  Watch the video:


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By Drew Brooks Military editor

It’s not a cure-all or a magic bullet, but a century-old medical treatment finding new use among those fighting post-traumatic stress has given new hope to providers and patients on Fort Bragg.

Officials at Womack Army Medical Center are on the front lines of treating combat-related post-traumatic stress with a procedure known as a stellate ganglion block.

The hospital will soon host a clinical trial that officials said could lead to more mainstream use of the procedure.

Traditionally used to treat pain, a stellate ganglion block takes about 30 minutes and involves the injection of a local anesthetic into nerves in a patient’s neck.

Short term side effects include numbness, congestion or hoarseness. In the long term, a stellate ganglion block has been found to positively impact some of the symptoms most associated with post-traumatic stress.

Maj. Michael W. Bartoszek, chief of Womack Army Medical Center’s Pain Clinic, said the treatment has been found to reduce anxiety, halt nightmares and stop the hyper-vigilance associated with many post-traumatic stress sufferers.

The effects can last for several months, he said.

“Before the needle is even out, they feel better,” Bartoszek said.

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Highlights from the 2015 Reveille Symposium

In the News: Reveille Symposium

Thank you to Howard Altman over at the Tampa Tribune, for writing this about our upcoming Reveille Summit.

TAMPA — For more than five years, the Palm Harbor-based Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge has been taking men and women up tall mountains and down under the sea to help them recover and discover.

But on Friday, the organization, created by retired Navy Capt. David Olson, is taking its efforts to the next level. It is holding an all-day symposium on the best way forward for prosthetics and the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

The Reveille Symposium, being held at the Renaissance International Plaza Hotel in Tampa, is bringing together some of the top experts in all three fields, says Arlene Gillis, a board member of the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and director of the College of Orthotics and Prosthetics at St. Petersburg College.

“We are very excited to bring some of the forward thinkers in these areas to Tampa,” Gillis said.

The goal is to create an atmosphere for examining the best practices in each field, share concepts and discover innovations, all aimed at helping wounded, ill and injured veterans.

“We are coming together to help improve the quality of life of some of our military folks, who deserve the best quality of life possible,” Gillis said.

She added that about 100 people are expected to attend, with an audience that includes veterans and students.

The symposium is open to the public, but registration is required. It kicks off with a breakfast at 8:15 a.m., followed by three 75-minute panels and a wrap-up discussion.

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