Spine Procedures
Occipital Nerve Block

Occipital Nerve Block

The Occipital Nerve Block procedure utilizes a quick injection of a steroid into the tissues surrounding the occipital nerve reducing swelling and pain.


Occipital Nerve Block

An occipital nerve block is a procedure to reduce pain, irritation and swelling of tissue around the occipital nerves through the injection of a steroid. The occipital nerves are found on the back of the head just above the neck area, and painful inflammation of these nerves can cause certain types of headaches above the back of the head, including some migraines and tension headaches.

Once local anesthetic is applied, the minimally invasive AccuCision® Spine procedure starts with inserting a thin needle into the area of the occipital nerves. A steroid is then injected into the nerve area, with anti-inflammatory effects that lead to a reduction in pain. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes, but can provide substantial pain relief for several months.

Immediately after the injection, patients may feel complete pain relief from the local anesthetic. This will typically last only a few hours before pain returns. Patients often have a sore head for the day or two after the treatment, but usually notice lasting pain relief starting the third day that can last for months.

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