World Renowned Orthobiologic Physician, Dr. Shounuck Patel is a specialist in using Stellate Ganglion Blocks for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), dysautonomia, and patients experiencing long covid symptoms.

Using the Stellate Ganglion Block procedure, Dr. Shounuck Patel, DO has been able to help many patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dysautonomia, and Long Covid Symptoms in Orange County and Los Angeles. His holistic, integrated hands-on approach to functional, and regenerative medicine treatments for orthopedics has had a profound effect on the health of his patients. Learn about the impact, treatment, and procedure associated with Stellate Ganglion Block for PTSD and long Covid.


What is the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB)?

The stellate ganglion block (SGB) involves injecting a low concentration of sugar water (5% dextrose) and a small amount of local anesthetic, under ultrasound guidance around the main nerve that controls the sympathetic nervous system, that controls our fight or flight response. The dextrose sugar water acts by resetting the sympathetic nervous system, and is very safe.

Can Stellate Ganglion Block enhance prolonged exposure to PTSD?

According to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, it’s well known that during Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) treatment processes, PTSD patients are intentionally and systematically encouraged to approach feared trauma reminders. This has sometimes proved to be difficult to tolerate and causes high dropout rates. However, the use of SGBs may be associated with significantly improved treatment outcomes in conjunction with PE. Stellate ganglion blocks may reduce pain and discomfort for patients by blocking or inhibiting physiological activation, thus helping patients cope with trauma reminders and to develop adaptive response mechanisms.


Stellate Ganglion Block for PTSD offers life-changing benefits, and it’s time to take advantage of it.

People who have been exposed to extreme stress or traumatic events are likely to experience these symptoms. In some cases, relief is nowhere to be found. The Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) procedure has been proven to relieve symptoms such as continuous sleep disruption, stress, anxiety, general irritability, heightened alertness, weakened concentration, and restlessness. Following a local anesthetic injection in the stellate ganglion, people who undergo Stellate Ganglion Blocks for PTSD often report feeling calm and relaxed in their bodies again. This often results in a better quality of life.

  1. Improved sleep quality
  2. Elevated level of calm and confidence
  3. Better focus, concentration, and memory
  4. Reduction of anxiety, panic attacks, and depression
  5. Regaining relationships with others
  6. Enhancement of intimacy and sexual function


How does Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) treatment work?

Dr. Shounuck Patel, DO creates a customized PTSD treatment plan that’s right for you. The Stellate Ganglion Block procedure is performed by administering one to two injections to a group of nerves on one side of the neck. To begin with, the highly trained Dr. Shounuck Patel precisely administers a local anesthetic using ultrasound to directly visualize and make this a safe and comfortable procedure. Instead of using xray fluoroscopy, Dr. Patel uses ultrasound because it is significantly safer. Although most clinicians use a large volume of long acting local anesthetic to “turn off” the nerves, this carries a lot of risks because the volume of numbing solution can turn off other vital nerves. Instead, Dr. Patel uses 5% dextrose or sugar water that has been shown to help nerves fire correctly without turning them off, and is extraordinarily safe in comparison. Overall, the procedure takes less than 20 minutes to complete the entire process. Patients can experience a restored sense of safety and calm following the treatment by supporting their brain’s natural fight-or-flight response. Stellate Ganglion Block can accelerate the positive effects of other therapies and has been shown to have dramatic effects in many patients.


Stellate Ganglion Block For PTSD Relieves the Physical Effects of Trauma

Symptoms of the fight-or-flight response of the sympathetic nervous system following exposure to stressful or traumatic events can be hard to bear. Individuals who experience trauma-related symptoms are more likely to remain in high gear long after they’ve been traumatized. Dr. Shounuck Patel employs the Stellate Ganglion Block during which the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated to restore normal biological function and address a wide range of severe trauma-related symptoms within a few treatments. More than 83% of PTSD patients who undergo one Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) procedure experience lasting relief from trauma symptoms.


About Dr. Shounuck Patel, DO

With a fellowship in interventional pain management, Dr. Shounuck Patel is double board-certified in Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. For orthopedic injuries and chronic pain conditions, he uses osteopathic manipulation, physical activity, diet, nutrition, and natural therapies such as cell therapy. The body can be revived without invasive surgery thanks to Functional Orthopedic Medicine, which is used by Dr. Shounuck Patel, a prominent sports medicine doctor.


Schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate for Stellate Ganglion Block for PTSD

Email us at or call (310) 299-7735 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel. During your consultation, he will review your symptoms, health history, and desired outcome. The Stellate Ganglion Block protocol For PTSD is designed to reduce overactivity in the amygdala – the fight or flight center, also known as the fear center of the brain. Through the procedure the brain is liberated from the constant state of fight or flight, reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Top Stellate Ganglion Block for PTSD in Orange County and Los Angeles.

The Patel Center for Functional Regeneration in Orange County and Los Angeles offers advanced regenerative medicine treatments for orthopedic conditions. Dr. Shounuck Patel specializes in the non-surgical, minimally invasive treatments for injuries and pain conditions. He uses a unique combination of holistic philosophy, functional approach to care, and customized regenerative and osteopathy treatments to provide comprehensive care to each and every one of his patients. Both practices are dedicated to a patient-centered approach to functional regenerative medicine. From the advanced laboratories to our premier treatment rooms, the Center for Functional Regeneration in Orange County and Los Angeles provides a truly private and comfortable environment to receive Stellate Ganglion Block For PTSD patients.