Occipital Nerve Block & Ablation
Are you seeking relief from chronic head and neck pain that affects your daily life? At SOLUTIONS Pain & Spine in Peachtree Corners, GA, we offer Occipital Nerve Block & Ablation procedures to effectively manage and alleviate your pain, helping you regain control and improve your quality of life.
What is Occipital Nerve Block & Ablation?
Occipital Nerve Block is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and/or corticosteroid medication near the occipital nerves, which are located at the back of the head and neck. This blocks the transmission of pain signals from the nerves to the brain, providing temporary pain relief.
Occipital Nerve Ablation, on the other hand, is a more long-lasting solution. It involves using radiofrequency energy to disrupt or disable the occipital nerves, preventing them from transmitting pain signals. This can provide extended relief for chronic head and neck pain.
Conditions Treated by Occipital Nerve Block & Ablation
Occipital Nerve Block & Ablation can effectively manage various chronic head and neck pain conditions, including:
Occipital neuralgia: A condition characterized by severe, shooting pain in the back of the head, often radiating to the scalp, forehead, and behind the eyes.
Cervicogenic headaches: Headaches originating from the neck, typically causing pain at the back of the head and radiating to the temples and forehead.
Migraines: Chronic migraines that are resistant to traditional treatments, causing debilitating pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound.
Tension headaches: Recurrent headaches characterized by a dull, constant pain or pressure around the head or neck region.
The Occipital Nerve Block & Ablation Process at SOLUTIONS Pain & Spine in Peachtree Corners, GA
At SOLUTIONS Pain & Spine, we prioritize your comfort and well-being throughout the Occipital Nerve Block & Ablation procedure:
Initial evaluation: Our experienced medical team will conduct a comprehensive evaluation, including a review of your medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests to determine if Occipital Nerve Block & Ablation is an appropriate treatment option for you.
Pre-procedure consultation: We will explain the procedure in detail, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with instructions to prepare for the Occipital Nerve Block & Ablation procedure.
Occipital Nerve Block procedure: During the block procedure, you will be positioned comfortably, and the treatment area will be cleansed and numbed. Using specialized imaging guidance, our skilled specialists will carefully inject the anesthetic and/or corticosteroid medication near the occipital nerves to provide pain relief.
Occipital Nerve Ablation procedure: For patients who require longer-lasting relief, Occipital Nerve Ablation may be recommended. In this procedure, radiofrequency energy is applied to the occipital nerves to disable them temporarily or permanently, reducing pain signals.
Recovery and follow-up: After the procedure, you will be monitored for a short period to ensure your well-being before being discharged. Our team will provide you with post-procedure instructions, including pain management techniques, and schedule any necessary follow-up appointments to assess your progress and address any concerns.