Greater/Lesser Occipital Nerve Blocks

What is an Occipital Nerve Block?

  • The occipital nerves run from the top of the spinal column up to the back of the scalp.
  • An occipital nerve block involves an injection of local anaesthetic and steroid onto the area of the occipital nerves.
  • This is performed in order to treat¬†headaches¬†arising from the following causes: Occipital neuralgia (pain is typically located in the back of the head / neck); Whiplash injuries; Tension headaches.

Prior to the Procedure

  • All blood thinning products (except aspirin) must be stopped prior to your procedure. You will be advised by letter when to stop taking these medications at the time your admission date is arranged.
  • You will need to organize someone to drive you home after the procedure as you will not be able to drive for a minimum of 4 hours after your procedure.
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