What is the Stellate Ganglion Block?

Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) is a medical procedure that involves the injection of a long lasting local anesthetic into the stellate ganglion, a bundle of nerves located in the back of the neck. The Veterans Administration was using this to help Veterans manage upper body pain, and noticed that many had a rapid reduction in PTSD symptoms, without other interventions. They did a 2 year study and published the results, and other researchers have expanded this research. This procedure has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of various mental health conditions, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While newer studies indicate about a 70-75% rate of positive reaction to the shots, Corner Canyon Health Center screens clients carefully before recommending the shot, and our clients have typically had fairly significant reductions in PTSD symptoms like anxiety. If a client’s anxiety level is at an extremely high baseline prior to the shots, the first one may not appear to have that typical response, but the second and third one (if recommended) will often produce that. The SGB shot is done at an outpatient clinic, and is an extra cost for clients.

The benefits of SGB for mental health treatment include:

  • Rapid relief of symptoms: SGB has been shown to provide rapid relief of symptoms in patients with PTSD, often within minutes or hours after the injection. These symptoms can include things like hypervigilance, negative changes in thinking and mood, flashbacks, anxiety, and changes in physical and emotional reactions like body tension and increased startle reaction to loud noises etc.
  • Improves emotional regulation: SGB has been shown to improve emotional regulation and reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and anger that can be associated with PTSD.
  • Enhances cognitive processing: SGB has been shown to improve cognitive processing, including memory, attention, and decision-making.
  • Increases engagement in therapy: SGB has been shown to increase engagement in therapy, allowing patients to participate more fully in the therapeutic process.

The SGB is believed to work by reducing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which is often overactive in individuals with PTSD. By blocking the stellate ganglion, SGB can reduce the release of adrenaline and other stress hormones, which can lead to a reduction in anxiety, hyperarousal, and other symptoms of PTSD.

Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of SGB in reducing symptoms of PTSD. For example, a randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in 2016 found that SGB led to significant reductions in PTSD symptoms, anxiety, and depression compared to a control group who received a placebo injection. Another study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress in 2021 found that SGB was associated with significant improvements in PTSD symptoms, sleep quality, and quality of life.

While SGB may not work for everyone, it is a promising treatment option for individuals who have not responded to traditional therapies or who are unable to tolerate the side effects of medications.


We do not accept Medicare or Medicaid.

We are a private pay program, and are out of network with most insurance companies, however we are in network with Tricare. We do have success securing single case agreements with many companies, however, the rate of payment on those varies with the insurance company and we cannot guarantee what they might pay. We will run a Verification of Benefits (VOB) when we receive your insurance information so you have a general idea of what your insurance policy may reimburse, however, that is an estimate based on what all people insured by your company have received from your insurance, not a guarantee of what they will pay in your case.

On average, Corner Canyon’s clients receive a portion of insurance reimbursement 85-90% of the time, but the amount varies from minimal repayment to full reimbursement. We have a team of insurance advocates who are invested in helping families secure as much reimbursement as possible.

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Liz Lund, MPA

Liz is originally from lush green Washington State. She is a life enthusiast and a huge fan of people. Liz has always loved learning why people are the way they are. She moved to UT in 2013 and completed her bachelors degree in Psychology in 2016. After college Liz worked at a residential treatment center and found that she was not only passionate about people, but also administration. Liz is recently finished her MPA in April 2022. Liz loves serving people and is excited and looking forward to learning about; and from our clients here at Corner Canyon.
When Liz is not busy working she love being outdoors, eating ice cream, taking naps, and spending time with her precious baby girl and sweet husband.