If you are struggling with chronic migraines or cervical spondylosis, you may benefit from an occipital nerve block for pain relief. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers nerve block treatments for patients in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA.
What is an Occipital Nerve Block?
An occipital nerve block is an injection of local anesthetic and steroid medications that targets the occipital nerve. This nerve runs from the neck and over the top of the head to provide sensation to the top of the head and back of the scalp. This nerve block can be an effective treatment option for specific types of headaches that start in the neck.
What Does an Occipital Nerve Block Treat?
An occipital nerve block can be performed to treat several types of pain conditions.
One of the most important conditions treated with an occipital nerve block is occipital neuralgia, a type of headache that begins in the neck and seems like a migraine. These headaches are often caused by inflammation of the occipital nerve. Nerve blocks are considered one of the most effective treatments for these migraines with a high success rate.
This nerve block is also used to treat inflammation or irritation of the occipital nerve that causes a burning or throbbing of the scalp and neck, pain on either side of the head, pain behind the eye, and pain when moving the neck.
For some people, occipital nerve blocks may also relieve pain from certain cluster or migraine headaches or cervical spondylosis.
How is an Occipital Nerve Block Injection Performed?
An occipital nerve block is performed with an injection into the scalp just above the neck at the back of the head. After the treatment area is numbed, your physician will injection a combination of local anesthetic and steroids to the nerve for near-immediate pain relief.
If your pain is largely caused by swelling or inflammation, the steroids will offer significant pain relief within a few days. This effect can last for weeks or even months. If you do not experience relief within one to two weeks, a second nerve block may be required.
Occipital nerve block injection side effects are rare, but become more likely when more than three occipital nerve block injections are performed within six months.
If you are struggling with the pain of occipital neuralgia or chronic scalp and head pain, you may benefit from an occipital nerve block injection in Kingsland or Brunswick, GA. Contact us at the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia to schedule your consultation today.