Occipital Nerve Block

This technique is traditionally useful in the treatment of occipital neuralgia.  It has also been shown to benefit sufferers of more complex headache syndromes involving migraine, cervicogenic and tension headache features, where occipital region pain or scalp sensitivity is prominent.

Using x-ray or ultrasound guidance, a small needle is used to instill local anaesthetic and steroid medication in the vicinity of the occipital nerves.  Often, relief of pain onsets immediately, although this local anaesthetic effect will be of relatively short duration.  Longer lasting improvement should develop over several days secondary to the effects of the steroid medication in “settling down” irritated nerve tissue.  Pain relief can endure for several months, and injections can be repeated at appropriate intervals.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Northern Pain Centre can facilitate you obtaining a second opinion. Please discuss this with us.