What is an Occipital Nerve Block?

An occipital nerve block is available to patients with moderate to severe chronic neuralgia, or other types of headaches associated with the occipital nerve.  These may include types of pain that start at the back of the head near the neck, and then radiate outward throughout the skull.  An occipital nerve block inhibits or blocks the disproportionate or chronic signals that are sent to the brain, processed and perceived as headache pain.  Occipital nerve blocks are injections directed into the tissue around the occipital nerves to decrease inflammation and swelling and decrease pain. The injection itself is a quick, relatively painless in-office procedure. Patients are offered local anesthetic to numb the area. Some patients may experience pain relief immediately after the injection while for others it may take a bit longer.  It may result in pain relief lasting up to several months or even longer, depending on the response of the individual patient. 

Call us at 646-763-2222 or request more information. At Advanced Headache Center our goal is to get you started on a personalized treatment plan to find relief.