Many patients with chronic headache report that their pain typically arises from the neck or the back of the head. Supplying this area with sensation are the occipital nerves. When irritated or inflamed these nerves may cause pain called “occipital neuralgia.” By blocking these nerves it may be possible to halt the flow of pain signals —at least temporarily—stopping the pain.
Occipital Nerve Blocks are office-based minimally invasive procedures that take approximately ten minutes to perform and are typically done under local anesthesia.
Occipital nerve blocks treat headache pain of various types including migraines.
This procedure is done at bedside using ultrasound or anatomical landmarks on the back of the head near the greater and lesser occipital nerves, and a potent long-lasting anti-inflammatory pain medication (steroid) and local anesthetic is injected directly to the source of the pain decreasing inflammation, and providing pain relief for several months. A local anesthetics may also be used.