Occipital neuralgia is caused by injured or inflamed occipital nerves that run in the back of the scalp. Typically it presents with a headache that causes piercing pain in the back of the neck or head.
Nerve pain occurs when a nerve is physically injured, irritated, inflamed, or damaged due to a disease. Many health conditions can lead to nerve pain, including:
This condition is a distinct type of headache caused by irritation or injury of the occipital nerves. These nerves travel from the base of the skull through the scalp. This condition can result in severe pain and muscle spasms.
Intense, sharp, jabbing pain in the back of the head or neck. Other symptoms you may experience include:
The Interventional Pain Doctors team of orthopedic and spine pain management specialists can diagnose occipital neuralgia during a comprehensive history and physical examination. In addition, we may also request diagnostic tests such as an MRI, X-ray, or CT.
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