Occipital Neuralgia Archives - Northeastern Interventional Pain and Migraine

What is occipital neuralgia?

  • A type of neuropathic (nerve) pain that can cause of headaches as well as pain in the back portion of your scalp
  • The pain typically is described as radiating (traveling) from the neck or scalp to the forehead
  • Some patients may experience scalp sensitivity (such as when washing or brushing hair)
  • This condition can occur after a car accident or other neck injury

What is an occipital nerve block?

  • Injection of local anesthetic (numbing) medication near the occipital nerve

Who should consider an occipital nerve block:

  • Patients with headache and/or neck pain

What to expect:

  • Please see our nerve blocks section for general information on what to expect, post-procedure, and risks!