Greater Occipital Nerve Block Procedure

The Greater Occipital Nerve Block Procedure is an injection into the soft tissues of the back of your head next to the greater occipital nerve, which is the likely cause of your headache.

Why is a Greater Occipital Nerve Block Procedure helpful?

It is helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of your headache, which is likely due to a disorder of your greater occipital nerve. Two medications are used for the injection: a shorter-acting local anesthetic numbing agent and a longer-acting anti-inflammatory steroid agent. You will likely experience temporary pain relief after the injection due to the shorter-acting local anesthetic numbing agent. Then, you will likely experience longer pain relief after the injection due to the longer-acting anti-inflammatory steroid agent.

What happens during a Greater Occipital Nerve Block Procedure?

You will be asked to lie on your back on the procedure table. (If you choose to have IV sedation, you will not experience the following steps of the procedure.) The skin of the back of your head at the injection site will be cleaned with an anti-bacterial solution. You will experience an initial sting at the injection site, as the skin will be numbed with a local anesthetic numbing agent. Then, the doctor will inject the medications next to your greater occipital nerve. The injection procedure itself is brief, usually lasting less than 10 minutes.

What happens after a Greater Occipital Nerve Block Procedure?

You will be observed for at least 15 minutes in the recovery room for your response to the injection. Your oxygen level, blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiratory rate will be monitored in the recovery room. You may become a little sore at the soft tissues of the procedure site, which is normal and to be expected. You may apply an ice-pack to the sore area of the procedure site. The soreness at the procedure site should go away in a couple of days. It usually takes 48 to 72 hours to experience pain relief from the longer-acting anti-inflammatory steroid agent.

Can I go to work the next day after a Greater Occipital Nerve Block Procedure?

You can return to work the next day.

Comprehensive Pain Specialists at your service! If you are experiencing headaches due to a disorder of your greater occipital nerve, ask your referring physician to contact us on your behalf to schedule your appointment. We evaluate each patient individually and set up a care plan that will suit your specific pain management needs.

CPS is an In-Network Provider with Most Insurance Companies

A self-pay option is available for uninsured patients only.