What is it?
Occipital Nerve Blocks are injections of a steroid or other medication around the greater and lesser occipital nerves that are located on the back of the head just above the neck area. The procedure involves inserting a small fine needle through the skin beneath the scalp in order to get the anesthetic and corticosteroids around the area of the nerve.
How long does the Procedure Take?
The medial branch block procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure typically requires 30 minutes, including preparation time. It is followed by 30 minutes of observed recovery time.
What are the Expected Results?
The Occipital Nerve Block injection takes just a few minutes to complete. The steroid starts working in about 3-5 days and its effect can last for several days to a few months.