Occipital Neuralgia Treatment
The greater occipital nerves travel from the cervical spine (neck) up the back of the head toward the forehead on both sides of the scalp. When either of the occipital nerves are pinched, compressed or irritated, it can cause neuropathic head pain or occipital neuralgia. Our medical experts at Caliber Pain™ offer interventional occipital neuralgia treatment for head pain relief at our facility in Midtown Manhattan.
Causes and Symptoms of Occipital Neuralgia
The occipital nerves exit the top of the cervical spine between the vertebrae and travel up the sides of the head behind the ears. The occipital nerves relay sensation to the back of the head up to the forehead but do not impact the ears or face. Occipital neuralgia occurs when either the left or right nerve is irritated. This can be caused by muscle spasms, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis or injuries in the neck or head area. Symptoms of occipital neuralgia include:
- Tingling or shooting sensations up the back and scalp on one side
- Pain shooting from the back of the head to one eye
- Numbness on the scalp
- Extreme scalp sensitivity – even a light touch or lying the head down can cause a reaction
Symptoms of occipital neuralgia may come on quickly or slowly worsen over time. Treatment includes relieving nerve pressure or irritation if possible. This can include trigger point injections to stop muscle spasms or treatments for relieving a pinched nerve in the spine. At Caliber Pain™, we use a multidisciplinary approach to pain treatment, using interventional and regenerative medicine to offer our patients relief.
If you have symptoms of occipital neuralgia that are impacting your quality of life, come see us at Caliber Pain™. Our pain and nerve specialists can perform a thorough evaluation and devise a treatment plan to offer you relief. Contact our clinic in UES New York City to schedule your appointment.