Nerve Block Treatment for Migraine and Headache
The Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago, IL offers this unique treatment for headache pain. A nerve block can stop or abort chronic tension, migraine and cluster headaches. During this procedure, a local anesthetic is injected into or near a nerve to lessen or halt the passage of nerve impulses that carry pain signals to the brain or spinal cord. The effects of a nerve block often last for days or weeks. This transitional therapy is used after starting a preventive agent, but before it starts to work. It is also used as “rescue” therapy when a patient’s usual abortive agents do not work. Contact us today to find out if nerve blocks would help you.
Nerve Block Treatment Types
- Occipital Nerve Block
An occipital nerve block can provide significant pain relief for some headache sufferers. It works by preventing the flow of pain signals from the occipital nerves that are causing the headache to the brain.
- Sphenoganglion Nerve Block (SPG)
Located deep in the face behind the nasal cavity, the sphenopalatine ganglion is a cluster of sensory and autonomic nerves. The SPG transmits information about sensation, including pain, and it also affects autonomic functions, such as nasal congestion and tearing. The SPG is associated with the trigeminal nerve, which is the main nerve involved in headache. Blocking these nerves has been shown to be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of cluster and migraine headaches.
- Stellate Ganglion Nerve Block
A stellate ganglion nerve block is a minimally invasive procedure that can help patients manage many pain conditions, including severe headache. At the Diamond Headache Clinic, this procedure may be offered to patients whose headache pain is not helped sufficiently by medications, non-interventional alternative therapies or lifestyle modifications.
- Supraorbital Nerve Block
It is thought that blocking the supraorbital nerve lessens pain in the front of the head by shutting down the pain receptors in the nerve. The nerve block may also work by preventing the nerve from carrying pain information to the central nervous system. The injection site for the SON nerve block is generally in the forehead, at the eyebrow area.
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Our specialists take a personalized, caring approach to your treatment, providing you with peace of mind. Headache and migraine pain doesn’t have to put your life on hold — schedule an appointment with Diamond Headache Clinic today and learn how we can help you find relief.