What is an occipital nerve block?

What is an occipital nerve block?

Occipital Nerve Blocks are most frequently used in the diagnosis and treatment of occipital tension headaches and occipital neuralgia.

What will happen?

You will be allowed to sit in a chair or on the side of the bed for this procedure.  The doctor will inject medication at the base of your skull where the occipital nerve is located.  This procedure only takes a few minutes to perform.  You should feel a sensation of “numbness” in your scalp along with relief from your headache.

After you are home..

Complications from this procedure are extremely rare.  The most common complication is discomfort at the injection site.  You may want to place ice at the site.