If you suffer from severe headaches or migraines, an occipital nerve block may be able to help you achieve relief. At The Pain Management Center, we offer this and other pain management solutions to patients living in Hamilton, Turnersville and Linwood, NJ.
What is an Occipital Nerve Block?
An occipital nerve block is a pain management treatment that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into the occipital nerves, which are located in the back of the head. This injection will reduce swelling in the tissue in the area, which can reduce pressure on the occipital nerves. Occipital nerve blocks are most often used to treat headaches and migraines, although it may help manage other types of head pains as well.
What is the Occipital Nerve Block Treatment Like?
The first step of the occipital nerve block treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the treatment area is numbed, a needle will be carefully inserted into the area surrounding the occipital nerves, in the back of the head right above the neck. After the needle is in place, the injection will be performed. This treatment is typically completed in less than an hour. After treatment, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising at the injection site, but these effects usually fade within a few days.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from an Occipital Nerve Block?
After your occipital nerve block treatment, you will notice immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic that is injected. This will wear off in a few hours, and pain may return briefly. The steroid medication will take effect within a few days, soothing inflammation and blocking nerve signals so that you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. The results from your occipital nerve block can last between several weeks and several months. The exact duration of these results will vary, so we will help you determine the kind of results that you can expect during your initial visit.
If you suffer from migraines or other headaches and would like to find out if the occipital nerve block treatment is right for you, contact us today to schedule your initial visit at The Pain Management Center. We welcome patients from Turnersville, Hamilton, Voorhees, and the nearby communities of New Jersey.