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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Trauma, Stress, Tragedy – You Don’t Have to Keep Reliving It

Our Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is Noninvasive, Drug-free, and Can Provide New Hope

Nightmares. Flashbacks. Emotional rollercoasters. Difficulty concentrating. If you’ve experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, you know these symptoms all too well. And it can seem challenging to get on with your life.

You’re not alone. According to the American Psychiatric Association, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects around 3.5 percent of US adults every year — and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. While this is something that many returning vets who have been in combat may experience, it can also affect those who have been subject to abuse, traumatic events, prolonged stress, and other factors.

If you have PTSD or live with someone who suffers from this condition, then you know how serious it can be. And you may have tried any number of ways to treat it, such as therapy or medications, but the trauma still haunts you. You can feel stuck inside your head with no way out.

HOWEVER, THERE IS HOPE: A NEW, NON-INVASIVE, DRUG-FREE TREATMENT CALLED MERT, OR MAGNETIC E-RESONANCE THERAPY.

Dr. Jennifer J. Sosnowski now delivers this powerful, life-changing technology at MVP Medical Care.

Simply stated, MeRT uses a magnetic field to stimulate and balance brain function, guided by sophisticated imaging and diagnostics. MeRT can be used in conjunction with other therapies, and many patients have reported that MeRT has improved their success with these additional therapies.

So yes, there is a way forward. You don’t have to keep reliving the trauma. MeRT may just be the solution you’ve been hoping for.

It was absolutely terrifying not to know what was wrong with me or how to fix the problem. The Brain Treatment Center not only identified the deteriorated state of my brainwave activity, they restored its function… I consider the healing I experienced to be nothing short of a miracle.”  – US Army Veteran

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Could You Be Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

When a person has experienced or seen a terrifying life event — or lived through an extended period of severe stress — they can suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Some people can recover from extreme trauma in time. But others carry the traumatic stress with them for months or years. And in some cases, the symptoms can get worse over time.

It’s also possible to have delayed PTSD symptoms, where they don’t show up until years later; PTSD from child abuse is one example of this.

No matter the type of PTSD, the condition can last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions.

PTSD SYMPTOMS

These are some possible symptoms you may experience with PTSD:

  • Depression or a generally negative outlook
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Flashbacks to the event
  • Inability to sleep or repeated nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Avoiding people, places, or events that remind you of the trauma
  • Difficulty concentrating/memory problems
  • Doing things that could be self-destructive or reckless
  • Emotional numbness or being cut off from your feelings
  • Being easily upset, angered, irritable, or exhibiting aggressive behavior
  • Hyper-alertness to sounds
  • Feeling jumpy or easily startled
  • Thoughts of suicide

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MeRT: A New Approach to Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

MeRT is a tailored, highly individualized form of TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. In simpler terms, we use magnetic waves to stimulate specifically targeted areas of the brain that have been found to not be communicating or functioning optimally. We use sophisticated diagnostic tools and imaging to plan a tailored treatment approach just for you.

Patients with PTSD have markers that can be clearly seen in EEG studies. In many cases, PTSD will show up as disruptions in the front of the brain. We work to identify these disruptions and strengthen healthy brainwave activity through a highly personalized treatment plan. This treatment can result in a significant reduction of PTSD symptoms.

Plus, many people who experience post-traumatic stress also suffer from conditions such as depression and anxiety. The MeRT treatment can address those conditions as well.*

MeRT has been used to help hundreds of veterans experiencing PTSD. Defense One published an article detailing how veterans are benefitting from MeRT in the article, “Zap: How Electric Therapy is Curing Navy Seals of PTSD.

* Results are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual user and are not guaranteed.

MeRT Treatment for PTSD: What to Expect on your First Visit

Starting as a new patient at MVP Medical Care initially involves two appointments, each lasting about 45 minutes to an hour. Your first appointment is for testing, and your second appointment is for your consultation with Dr. Sosnowski. For patients who prefer to have their first and second appointments before deciding to move forward with treatment, we are happy to work with you on this. Your MeRT treatment will involve the following steps:

Evaluation

The first step of treatment is to perform a qEEG (quantitative Electroencephalogram) and EKG. It’s important to note that these tests are simple and painless: We place a cap on your head to measure the electrical activity in your brain and map out any areas not performing as they should. At the same time, we also place a lead on your chest to capture the EKG data.

Analysis & Protocol

Once we’ve completed your initial tests, we send the data to our scientists and clinical teams. Along with Dr. Sosnowski, they carefully analyze the test results to identify any dysregulation occurring in your brain. Then, based on their analysis, we develop a treatment plan customized to your specific condition and schedule your assessment period of treatment.

Following your qEEG and EKG, your second appointment is a consultation with Dr. Sosnowski. She will answer any questions you may have and let you know more about what to expect during your assessment period of treatment. She will also go over your medical history, along with symptoms.

Assessment Period and Evaluation

The assessment period is vital to determine if MeRT will achieve results for your specific condition. Therefore, this treatment period lasts for two weeks. Treatment for the first week occurs Monday through Friday, followed by the second week of treatment on Monday through Thursday.

If you are traveling from out of town, we aim to schedule your qEEG/EKG on a Friday, then your consultation and first treatment session for the following Monday.

After two weeks of treatment, we perform an additional qEEG and EKG to track your progress and make any needed modifications. We also monitor your progress throughout your daily treatments to confirm how you feel and track any improvements.

Once we complete the appropriate assessment period and you are noting improvements in brain function, we will schedule additional MeRT treatment for two weeks at a time.

At the end of every two weeks, we will perform an additional qEEG/EKG to monitor your progress. You will then consult with Dr. Sosnowski to confirm that changes are still showing on the testing.

Most conditions treated with MeRT provide noticeable and long-lasting results after four to eight weeks of treatment. However, each patient is different, and the results may vary.

MeRT Treatment

Once your treatment protocols are in place, you will come to therapy five days a week, at two-week intervals. All you need to do is sit in a comfortable chair while a highly trained neuro-technician places a magnetic coil on your head. This device produces a low-frequency magnetic field to induce mild electrical signals in the targeted areas of the brain.

The stimulation occurs for six to eight seconds every minute. You will be required to close your eyes during that six-to-eight-second period. Additionally, you will typically spend 30 to 45 minutes in the chair each day.

Insurance Coverage and Payment Options

While MeRT treatment isn’t generally covered by insurance, we are happy to provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment. You can then submit the paperwork to your insurance company to see if they will provide you with any reimbursement.

Currently, rTMS is FDA cleared for Depression and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Therefore, in some cases, we may be able to help you with your insurance company if you are seeking treatment for those issues. Additionally, some patients have reported that they have received some reimbursement for EEGs or clinical evaluations and treatment when treating Major Depressive Disorder, depending on their health coverage. However, Medicare patients have reported that their coverage provides no reimbursement for MeRT. And for non-FDA cleared treatment, it is unlikely that your insurance company will provide you with any reimbursement for MeRT.

We take all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Care Credit is also an option to assist in financing medical expenses. This is a separate company from MVP Medical Care and is a credit card you can use to cover medical costs and services. Often, when you go to the Care Credit website and apply, they will let you know if you are approved very promptly.

Contact Our New Patient Coordinator for More Information

Since MeRT is a relatively new treatment, we understand that you may not be sure if this is right for you. And that’s completely okay. After all, you need to get all the information necessary to make the right decision for your health.

In order to get that information, your first step is a simple, no-obligation phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator. During this consultation, you can discuss your symptoms and history, ask all the questions you want, and have her explain the protocols, fees, and treatment details.

Our goal is simply this: To help guide you through the healing process, so you achieve all the remarkable results MeRT has to offer. In fact, many clinicians and technicians employed by various clinics that offer MeRT have gone through treatment protocols themselves. They know first-hand what the treatment can do, and as a result, want you to heal as they have.

So, take a few minutes and talk to our New Patient Coordinator. She is here for you and truly wants to help.

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Absolute Contraindications

Absolute contraindications for cortical MeRT treatment: Pacemaker, Defibrillator, Vagal Nerve Stimulator, VP Shunt/ Magnetic intracranial shunts, Deep Brain Stimulator, Epidural Cortical stimulator, Steel shunts/stents, Cranial metal fragments (i.e. shrapnel, excluding titanium), Cochlear implant, Aneurysm clips, coils, pipelines flow diversion, Pregnant or breastfeeding, Primary brain cancer / metastatic legions in brain (unless palliative care), Magnetic dental implants, Implanted cardio-verter defibrillators (ICD), Ocular implants.

Relative Contraindications

Relative contraindications require closer protocol attention and may or may not disqualify someone from receiving cortical MeRT treatment, depending on the doctor’s discretion and the person’s individual condition. These include:: History of Seizure or seizure disorder, Titanium shunts/stents, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Hearing aids, Ferrous cortical implants, Magnetic ink tattoo, Bipolar Disorder Type I/II, Baha Implant.

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