Inflammation along the occipital nerve may cause chronic pain, such as headaches and pain in the back of your neck. At Central Florida Pain Management, we offer occipital nerve block procedures for residents of central Florida, including the cities of Ocala and The Villages, to help alleviate their chronic head and neck pain.
What is an Occipital Nerve Block?
An occipital nerve block is recommended for chronic migraines, headaches, and certain types of neck pain. These types of pain conditions typically originate at the base of the neck and radiate to either side of the head, the top of the head, and even to the eyes and face. The occipital nerve starts at the base of your neck and runs to the top of your scalp, and the occipital nerve block for migraines and episodic headaches may provide long-term relief.
What Are the Benefits of an Occipital Nerve Block?
Migraines and chronic headaches interfere with every area of your life, and you may also have secondary symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, and sensitivity to light. Our occipital nerve block alleviates the chronic pain to allow you to enjoy your favorite activities and dedicate yourself to your work and family.
What are the Known Occipital Nerve Block Side Effects?
Side effects of occipital nerve block procedures at Central Florida Pain Management are rare, but every procedure carries some degree of risk. The most common side effect is an adverse reaction to the medication, so we encourage our patients to openly discuss any adverse reactions they have to certain medications. The steroids in the injection may cause anxiety, jitters, changes in blood pressure, and other side effects.
What Happens During the Occipital Nerve Block Injection?
A combination of steroids and anesthesia are injected at the base of the occipital nerve. You may feel a numbing effect within minutes. The steroids work to reduce inflammation and prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. This can take a few days, and maximum effects of the injection can take two to three weeks.
What is Recovery Like After an Occipital Nerve Block?
After relaxing in our office for about 30 minutes after the procedure, you can return home. No downtime is needed, and your can enjoy all your favorite activities.
What is the Prognosis After an Occipital Nerve Block?
If you continue to have migraines and episodic headaches after two to three weeks, we may need to perform a second injection. This is typically the case for patients who have lived with chronic headaches for quite some time. Patients who only recently developed the condition typically respond with one injection.
Chronic migraines and headaches may not respond to medications. At Central Florida Pain Management, we offer occipital nerve block treatments for residents of central Florida, including the cities of Ocala and The Villages. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.