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Pain & Migraine Relief in Plano, TX

The Migraine Institute in Plano, Texas offers Occipital Nerve Block Injections to help fight migraine pain. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.


What is an Occipital Nerve Block?

Considered one of the most popular migraine relief treatments, an Occipital Nerve Block involves injecting a steroid into one or both of the occipital nerves for migraine help. Occipital nerves consist of the greater and lesser occipital nerves, which begin between the second and third vertebrae and run up the back of the neck to the scalp. The greater occipital nerve covers the top of the scalp, the area above the ears and the salivary glands, while the lesser occipital nerve covers the back of the scalp and the area behind the ears. The occipital nerves all play roles in allowing the brain to receive messages of certain sensations, like pain. A migraine doctor injects a steroid and local anesthetic to combat inflammation and swelling around the two nerves. The medication from the injection works to block the occipital nerves from sending pain signals to the brain, allowing the brain to stop perceiving the pain.

The chronic migraine treatment, which takes a matter of minutes and does not require sedation, typically reduces pain and associated symptoms in patients who are suffering from migraines, tension-type headaches or pain in the back of the head. Patients who experience shooting, burning or stinging pain usually stand as the ideal candidates for the the procedure, though occipital nerve blocks can help with other types of head pain as well. The main benefit of an occipital nerve block is the riddance of at least half of the pain. Migraine doctors usually consider the first treatment a test to see if the occipital nerve block will work for future pain relief. Risks are quite minimal, though they may happen in rare cases. The risks include bleeding, infection and the increase of symptoms of health problems because of the procedure. Dr. Gabriel Rodriguez and his team at the Migraine Institute have experience in migraine pain management with chronic migraine treatments. The Migraine Institute serves the communities of Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen and Carrollton.

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