An occipital Nerve Block is an injection of steroid or other medication around the greater or lesser occipital nerves that are located in the back of the head, just above the neck area. The steroid reduces the inflammation and swelling of tissue around the occipital nerves. This may reduce pain and other symptoms caused by inflammation or irritation of the nerves and surrounding structures. Typical of back of the head headaches or migranes.
Immediately after the injection, you may feel that your pain may be gone or quite less. This is due to the local anesthetic injected. This will last only for a few hours. Your pain may return and you may have a sore head for a day or two. This is due to the mechanical process of needle insertion as well as initial irritation from the steroid itself. You should start noticing a more lasting pain relief starting the third day.
Generally speaking, patients who have recent onset of pain may respond much better than the ones with a longstanding pain. Usually the first injection is as much a test as a treatment. The first block will confirm that the occipital nerves are involved in the pain and be helpful. Or it will not help and the occipital nerves will not be suspected as part of the pain.
If you feel that you can benefit from occipital nerve block or other medical procedures, please reach us by phone or request a free consultantion or by calling 800-578-8521. We are looking forward to hearing from you.