Occipital Nerve Block

An occipital nerve block procedure involves injecting a steroid or a similar medication into the area around the occipital nerves located at the back of the head near the neck. This reduces swelling and inflammation in the nerves, thereby reducing any headache-related pain.

During the procedure, the patient is either seated or lying down. The skin in the area to be treated is cleaned with an antiseptic. The injection itself consists of medication mixed with a small amount of local anesthetic. The procedure takes only a few minutes to complete. The full effects of the procedure are usually felt in about two to three days. The relief from any headache related pain should last for anywhere from a few weeks to several months. In cases where patients do not feel full relief two weeks after the procedure, a second injection may be recommended. After a successful procedure, additional injections may be recommended if symptoms persist.

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