Chronic headaches, migraines and other types of persistent pain in the head and neck may be related to irritation of the occipital nerve. National Pain Institute offers occipital nerve block procedures for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What Is an Occipital Nerve Block?
An occipital nerve block is a type of injection that contains anti-inflammatory and aesthetic medications. The occipital nerve is located at the top of the spine and goes into the scalp. Pressure on this nerve may cause face pain , headaches and neck pain.
What Are the Benefits of an Occipital Nerve Block?
We use the occipital nerve block as a diagnostic technique, as well as to reduce chronic pain in the head and neck. The procedure is performed in our office on an outpatient basis.
Am I a Candidate for an Occipital Nerve Block?
We may recommend an occipital nerve block if you suffer from:
- Chronic headaches
- Facial pain
- Certain types of neck pain
How Is the Occipital Nerve Block Performed?
We may give you a mild sedative before the injection. Using fluoroscopy, we position the needle at the root of the occipital nerve. Medication that contains steroids and a local anesthetic is slowly injected. Some patients note a slight stinging as the medication is administered.
What Is the Recovery Like After the Occipital Nerve Block?
We monitor you for 20 to 30 minutes before releasing you to go home, where you will rest for the first 24 hours. Please arrange to have someone available to drive you. The area where the injection was made may be tender and somewhat swollen. You can use cold compresses to manage these symptoms.
What Should I Expect After the Occipital Nerve Block?
The local anesthetic in the medication may alleviate your pain for two to three hours. If the pain returns, you should not interpret this as an indication that the occipital nerve block did not work. Steroids may take two to three days to reduce inflammation. The effects of the steroids may last four to six months at which time you can schedule an appointment for a subsequent treatment.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers occipital nerve block treatment for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.