This condition is a distinct type of headache caused
by irritation or injury of the occipital nerves. These
nerves travel from the base of the skull through the
scalp. This condition can result in severe pain and
Occipital neuralgia can be caused by direct trauma
to the back of the head or neck. It can be caused by
overly tight muscles in the neck, or by compression
of the nerve roots. It can develop as a result of
osteoarthritis. A localized infection or tissue
inflammation, or a tumor or lesion can cause
occipital neuralgia. It can be caused by conditions
such as gout or diabetes. And finally, it can develop
from keeping the head in a downward and forward
position for lengthy periods.
Symptoms of occipital neuralgia include piercing,
throbbing, or electric-shock-like pain. This pain
begins in the upper neck and then spreads upward
to the back of the head and behind the ears. It
usually affects only one side of the head, but it can
be felt on both sides. In some cases the scalp
becomes hypersensitive. Activities such as
brushing or shampooing the hair or lying on a pillow
can be painful. The person may experience muscle
spasms in the neck and a reduced ability to flex or
rotate the neck. The person may also experience
extreme sensitivity to light, especially during a
Treatment options may include massage, physical
therapy and medications designed to reduce
inflammation. Options may also include nerve
blocks and steroid injections. If those methods are
not successful, implantation of a nerve stimulator to block
painful occipital nerve signals is an advanced treatment option offered at our clinic.
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Occipital Neuralgia by Dr. Ghalambor
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