Chronic headaches and migraines may be linked to inflammation around the occipital nerve at the back of the neck. An occipital nerve block may relieve the pressure to reduce your pain. Texas Pain Institute offers occipital nerve block for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What is an Occipital Nerve Block?
The occipital nerve block is an injection that contains steroids to reduce inflammation around the nerve that starts in your neck and branches into the scalp. Swelling puts pressure on the nerve, and this may result in constant pain signals to the brain. The two most common conditions that are treated with our occipital nerve block are migraines and chronic headaches.
What are the Benefits of the Occipital Nerve Block?
Pressure on the occipital nerve causes a range of debilitating symptoms, such as sharp pains, aching and throbbing in the face, scalp and eyes. The occipital nerve block may be recommended as a diagnostic intervention to determine the origin of your pain or to reduce your need for medications. We will explain the anticipated benefits of your occipital nerve block during the consultation.
Am I a Candidate for the Occipital Nerve Block?
If you find that conservative therapies, such as pain medication, do not help with your chronic headaches or migraines, you may be a good candidate for the occipital nerve block at Texas Pain Institute. We recommend that you schedule a consultation to be evaluated by a pain specialty physician.
How is the Occipital Nerve Block Performed?
Placement of the needle that is used to administer the medications is a key part of a nerve block. For the occipital nerve block procedure, we refer to a “live image” that is produced by our fluoroscopy technology. Once the needle is in the correct position, we slowly inject the medications. You may feel a mild stinging for a few seconds.
What is the Recovery Like After an Occipital Nerve Block?
You will rest at home for the first 24 hours. The area of the injection may feel sore, and you can use ice packs at 20-minute intervals to help you feel comfortable.
What is the Prognosis After an Occipital Nerve Block?
The injection for the occipital nerve block contains a local anesthesia that deadens the nerves to give you immediate relief from the pain. Steroids begin to work within a few days, and the effects tend to last for three to four months.
Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer occipital nerve block treatments for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.