GREATER OCCIPITAL NERVE BLOCKS
A greater occipital nerve block is an injection of a mixture of local anesthetic and steroid medication into the occipital nerves that are located on the back of the head just above the neck area in order to help relieve occipital pain and chronic headaches.
WHAT ARE GREATER OCCIPITAL NERVE BLOCKS?
An occipital nerve block is a minimally invasive procedure that is completed within only a few minutes. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is applied to the skin above the occipital nerve in order to avoid discomfort during the procedure. Once the anesthetic is working, a small needle is inserted near the occipital nerve. Once the needle is positioned correctly, a mixture of local anesthetic and steroid medication is injected. Once the medication takes effect, they block the transmission of pain signals to the brain, thus inhibiting the sensation of headache pain. Depending on the patient, occipital nerve blocks may result in pain relief that lasts several months.
Wondering if a greater occipital nerve block can address your painful condition? Take our 30 second online Pain Assessment Tool to find out. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss your pain.
WHO CAN GET GREATER OCCIPITAL NERVE BLOCKS?
Occipital nerve blocks are recommended for patients who are experiencing moderate to severe chronic pain that has not responded to most conservative treatments such as oral painkillers or lifestyle interventions. Occipital nerve blocks are recommended for patients who suffer from conditions such as chronic migraines, chronic cluster headaches, chronic tension headaches and occipital neuralgia.
If you suspect greater occipital nerve blocks might be a solution for you, take our short Treatment Assessment Tool to tell us a little about what, if anything, you've tried to treat your pain. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss possible treatment options.