Occipital Nerve Block

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Occipital Nerve Blocks

Your occipital bone is located on the back of your skull and contains your occipital nerves, which controls feeling for the back and sides of your head. Pain associated with this nerve typically includes headaches and migraines but can also be caused by joint pain in the upper neck and muscle tension over the occipital nerves. If you are suffering from chronic headaches, migraines, or neck pain, your doctor may recommend an occipital nerve block.

For this procedure, your doctor will first numb the area and will then gently guide a needle to the occipital nerve. They will then inject a long-lasting anesthetic solution over the affected nerves. You can leave the same day after a brief observation period. The intensity and frequency of your pain should improve and, if your symptoms persist, this may be repeated as needed.

This procedure is considered a safe treatment for headaches and migraines, with side effects including bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. If you are on blood thinners, are immunosuppressed, have an active infection, or are pregnant, inform your provider. Migraines can be debilitating condition, but our doctors will work to find a treatment that works for you, whether it includes our conservative therapies or more interventional pain management solutions. Contact one of our offices to learn more!

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