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How Do I Cure My Occipital Neuralgia?

How Do I Cure My Occipital Neuralgia?

It’s important to seek treatment for occipital neuralgia, as in the absence of it, the persistent pain can significantly interfere with an individual’s quality of life and impinge on their ability to participate in day-to-day activities. This can have adverse impacts on physical and mental health and lead to worsening symptoms over time. Occipital neuralgia treatment is available at Global Neuro & Spine Institute. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Orlando FL, Jensen Beach FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Atlantis FL, Fort Pierce FL, Winter Park FL and Plantation, FL.

Occipital Neuralgia Specialist Near Me in Orlando, Jensen Beach, Malabar Palm Bay, Atlantis, Fort Pierce, Winter Park and Plantation, FL.
Occipital Neuralgia Specialist Near Me in Orlando, Jensen Beach, Malabar Palm Bay, Atlantis, Fort Pierce, Winter Park and Plantation, FL.

Table of Contents:

What is occipital neuralgia?
What are the common symptoms of occipital neuralgia?
What causes occipital neuralgia?
What treatment options are available for occipital neuralgia?

What is occipital neuralgia?


Occipital neuralgia is a form of neurological disorder capable of causing pain and headaches. The pain presentation associated with occipital neuralgia may present as burning, shooting, throbbing, shocking, or aching. It typically starts at the base of the head before spreading along the scalp on one or both sides of the head.

Many of the feelings in the back and top of the head are transmitted to the brain by two greater occipital nerves, with one on each side of the head. Irritation of either of these nerves is capable of causing this pain and irritation can occur anywhere along its course. The scalp can become sensitive to even light touch for individuals with this condition, making it impossible for individuals to engage in daily activities such as lying on a pillow or washing their hair, and in other patients, it may feel numb.

What are the common symptoms of occipital neuralgia?


The primary symptom associated with occipital neuralgia is pain that can be debilitating and may feel like a sharp jab or electric shock in the back and top of the head. Patients may experience pain behind the eye and on the affected side of the head.

The skin may feel painful to the touch or as a result of a light action such as brushing the hair. Many patients experience symptoms of occipital neuralgia that are similar to those associated with cluster headaches and migraines.

Since the overlapping symptoms are similar to other presentations of headaches, it’s particularly important for individuals to seek out a diagnosis to confirm the presence of occipital neuralgia.

Certain signs can point to occipital neuralgia including when the pain is sharp in the scalp or the neck and not accompanied by light sensitivity or nausea, when it is ongoing, persists over time, and patients are unable to find relief with at-home remedies.

What causes occipital neuralgia?


There are a variety of potential causes associated with the onset of occipital neuralgia. Occipital neuralgia can occur seemingly spontaneously or can be the result of a pinched nerve root in the neck. It can stem from prior surgery or injury to the skull or scalp.

Occipital neuralgia is fairly rare, and many headaches can present similar symptoms to it. It can also present as either a primary or secondary condition. A secondary condition is the presentation of occipital neuralgia that is associated with an underlying health condition.

Occipital neuralgia can occur as a result of osteoarthritis, trauma, cervical disc disease, compression, and tumors. It can also be the result of infection, diabetes, gout, blood vessel inflammation, and more.

What treatment options are available for occipital neuralgia?


Occipital neuralgia has the potential to disrupt an individual’s day-to-day life and functionality and treatment options focus on symptomatic relief. There are various surgical and non-surgical treatment options that are available for occipital neuralgia, with non-surgical options being utilized as frontline treatments.

Patients may find relief from physical therapy or massage therapy. A wide range of nerve blocks and injections may be effective in helping manage the presentation of the condition.

Heat therapy may be utilized in certain scenarios, and varying types of medications can be utilized in the management of pain. Oftentimes, there will be a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, for instance, in order for patients to benefit from physical therapy and light exercises or massage therapy they may require nerve blocks initially to find enough pain relief to participate in their program.

Working with each individual and considering their full set of needs, providers at Global Neuro & Spine Institute tailor treatments to each patient’s specific set of circumstances. It’s important to seek treatment for occipital neuralgia, as in the absence of it, the persistent pain can significantly interfere with an individual’s quality of life and impinge on their ability to participate in day-to-day activities.

This can have adverse impacts on physical and mental health and lead to worsening symptoms over time.

Occipital neuralgia treatment is available at Global Neuro & Spine Institute. We serve patients from Orlando FL, Conway FL, Edgewood FL, Jensen Beach FL, Ocean Breeze FL, Rio FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Melbourne FL, Atlantis FL, Palm Springs FL, Boynton Beach FL, Fort Pierce FL, White City FL, St Lucie FL, Plantation FL, Pine Island Ridge FL, Lauderhill FL, Winter Park FL, Bertha FL, Alafaya FL and the surrounding areas. Visit us online now to learn more about our services and for directions to our leading clinics – you will be glad you did! We encourage everyone to visit us online now to meet our team of providers and to learn more about our business hours!

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