Occipital Nerve Blocks

Occipital nerves are a group of nerves that arise from the upper cervical spine and provide sensation to the back of the head and scalp. Occipital neuralgia is a condition in which these nerves are injured or inflamed. This causes headaches and throbbing or shock-like pain in the back of the head, upper neck, or behind the ears.

An occipital nerve block is an injection of local anesthetic and steroid at the back of your head. The injection helps to reduce inflammation and alleviate the pain caused by these nerves.