Occipital Nerve Blocks are a minimally invasive medical procedure designed to alleviate pain by targeting the occipital nerves, which are located at the base of the skull. These nerves are often associated with conditions such as tension headaches, migraines, and occipital neuralgia. The procedure involves injecting medications, such as anesthetics and steroids, near the occipital nerves to provide pain relief.

Procedure Overview

Patient Evaluation

Before undergoing an Occipital Nerve Block, our experienced medical team will conduct a thorough evaluation of your medical history, symptoms, and any relevant diagnostic tests. This assessment helps us determine whether this procedure is appropriate for your condition.

Preparation & Anesthesia

On the day of the procedure, you will be comfortably positioned on an examination table. The injection site will be sterilized to ensure a clean environment and reduce the risk of infection. To ensure your comfort during the procedure, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the skin and tissues around the injection site.

Needle Placement and Injection

Using ultrasound guidance or palpation, the medical professional will accurately insert a thin needle near the occipital nerves. Once in position, a medication mixture containing anesthetics and steroids will be injected to provide pain relief.

Benefits of Occipital Nerve Blocks

Occipital Nerve Blocks offer localized pain relief for conditions involving the occipital nerves, which are often associated with head and neck pain. Many patients experience rapid relief from pain and symptoms following the injection.

By reducing pain and discomfort, Occipital Nerve Blocks can lead to an improved quality of life and the ability to resume daily activities.

Occipital Nerve Blocks are minimally invasive and typically involve a short recovery time.

Recovery and Follow-Up

After the injection, you may experience mild soreness at the injection site. This is normal and should resolve within a few days. You should monitor your pain levels and any changes in your symptoms. Our medical team will provide you with post-procedure guidelines, including any activity recommendations. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to assess your progress and the effectiveness of the Occipital Nerve Block.