When feeling pain from a chronic headache, especially on one side of the head near the top of the skull, inflammation or damage to the occipital nerve may be to blame. As this nerve is responsible for most of the feeling around the top of your head, this means its’ a common culprit for headache or migraine pain.
In this procedure, anesthetic is delivered to the occipital nerve through a small needle injected at the back of the head. The anesthetic covers the nerve, numbing it and providing pain relief that may be felt in as little as 15 minutes – though it may take several days for the full effect to kick in.
This treatment only takes a few minutes, but having a ride home is always advised.