What is occipital neuralgia?
Occipital neuralgia is a condition that happens when the occipital nerves in the neck and head are irritated. It is often caused by compression of the nerves, which can happen for a variety of reasons, including:
- Muscle tension
What are the symptoms of occipital neuralgia?
Symptoms of occipital neuralgia include:
- Migraine-type headache with sharp, stabbing pain
- Pain that starts at the base of the head and radiates up the scalp
- Pain on either side of the head and behind the eye
- Pain with neck motion
- Sensitivity to light
How is occipital neuralgia diagnosed?
Diagnosis of occipital neuralgia often includes an anesthetic nerve block of the occipital nerves. This helps to identify the source of the symptoms, making the plan of treatment more focused and leading to a more effective outcome.
How is occipital neuralgia treated nonsurgically?
Nonsurgical treatment options for occipital neuralgia include:
- Electrical stimulation
- Self-care, including massage therapy and relaxation techniques
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