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Occipital Nerve Blocks

What is it?

This procedure is performed to target inflamed nerve roots that may be causing pain.

How it is performed

A needle near the occipital nerve at the base of the scalp is identified. Then a combination of local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication is injected.

What patients are candidates?

Patients with painful areas of the base of the scalp or upper neck may be candidates.

How long does the procedure take?

15-20 minutes

Recovery

Most patients will start to feel some relief on the same day of the injection and will continue to have improvement in their pain.