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Occipital Nerve Blocks

What is an Occipital Nerve Block?

An Occipital Nerve Block is an injection of a steroid or other medication around the occipital nerves, located in the back of the head, just above the neck. This procedure helps to reduce inflammation and swelling around the nerves, potentially easing pain in the area.

What Can It Treat?

Occipital Nerve Blocks are often used to treat:

Occipital Neuralgia: A chronic pain disorder affecting the occipital nerves.

Tension Headaches: Often caused by muscle contractions in the head and neck.

Migraines: Debilitating headaches that can cause significant discomfort and pain.

Cluster Headaches: Intensely painful headaches occurring in clusters or cycles.

How is it Administered?

The procedure is usually carried out in an office or clinical setting. Here’s how it typically goes:

Preparation: The area around the injection site is cleaned and sterilized.

Anesthesia: A local anesthetic is used to numb the area to ensure minimal discomfort.

Injection: Using a thin needle, the medication is injected around the occipital nerves.

Monitoring: The patient is observed for a short time post-procedure to ensure that there are no immediate complications.

The entire process takes only a few minutes, and patients often begin to experience relief shortly after the procedure.

What Are the Risks?

Like any medical procedure, Occipital Nerve Blocks come with some risks, although they are generally rare. They may include:

Infection at the injection site

Bleeding or bruising

Temporary increase in pain

Allergic reaction to the medication

Negative reactions to the steroid, such as facial flushing or difficulty sleeping

Ready to Explore Relief?

If you’re struggling with persistent headaches or other chronic pain in the head or neck region, an Occipital Nerve Block might be the solution for you. Call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edward Rubin to discuss your symptoms, medical history, and determine the best course of action tailored to your individual needs.