In Office Treatments
During your visit, Dr. Pappas will gather a thorough history of your symptoms, prior treatments and your general health. Dr. Pappas will perform a complete neurological examination. This is the first step in determining your diagnosis and is often the most important one.
Occipital Nerve Block
This procedure is most commonly used to treat occipital neuralgia, but has been also been shown to help in some cases with migraines and tension type headaches and headaches originating in the neck vertebra.
An occipital nerve block is an injection of a steroid and local anesthetic around the greater and lesser occipital nerves that are located on the back of the head just above the neck area. The steroid injected reduces the inflammation and swelling of tissue around the occipital nerves. This may in turn reduce pain caused by inflammation or irritation of the nerves and surrounding structures.
This procedure takes less than 2 minutes and requires no preparation.