Manhattan Experts with Optical Nerve Blocks, performed by Matthew Spiegel, MD


The occipital nerves are a set of paired nerves that originate from the spinal cord at the base of the skull and extend to the scalp, providing sensory innervation to the top and back of the head. Compression or inflammation of these nerves can lead to pain in the neck or headaches. The goal of an occipital nerve block is to interrupt pain signals that are being transmitted from the occipital nerves to the brain, thereby reducing pain and other symptoms associated with headache disorders. Occipital nerve blocks involve injecting a local anesthetic and sometimes a steroid medication near the occipital nerves to temporarily reduce inflammation in the area.

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