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Nerve block injections for Headaches/Migraines

Summary

Nerve block injections for Headaches/Migraines

An occipital nerve block is a minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic neuralgia,migraine or cluster headaches that are associated with the occipital nerve. An occipital nerve block inhibits or blocks the chronic signals that are sent to the brain, processed and perceived as headache pain. Occipital nerve blocks may result in pain relief lasting up to several months, depending on the response of the individual patient to this treatment. An occipital nerve block is a safe procedure when performed by a highly trained professional. A local anesthetic is applied to the skin above the occipital nerve to be targeted in order to avoid discomfort during the procedure. Then, a fine needle is inserted, until it is close to the nerve. Next, steroid medications are injected. These drugs reduce inflammation, and block the transmission of painful signals to the brain, thus inhibiting the sensation of headache pain. The patient is monitored in the doctor's clinic for a short time afterwards before being allowed to leave.

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