An occipital nerve block is an injection of a steroid or other medication around the greater and lesser occipital nerves that are located on the back of the head just above the neck area. The steroid injected reduces the inflammation and swelling of tissue around the occipital nerves. This may in turn reduce pain, and other symptoms caused by inflammation or irritation of the nerves and surrounding structures. Typically, headaches over the back of the head may respond to occipital nerve blocks; offering tension headache relief and pain relief for migraine headaches.
How is Occipital Nerve Block performed?
The procedure involves inserting a needle through skin and deeper tissues. However, the skin and deeper tissues are numbed with a local anesthetic using a very thin needle during the performance of the block. The injection consists of local anesthesia and steroid medication.
What should be expected?
This is an out-patient procedure that takes no longer than a few minutes. A patient may experience immediate headache pain relief after the injection which usually lasts for a few hours. Pain symptoms may return and soreness from the procedure may endure for 1-2 days. However, pain relief should begin after the third day.
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