Occipital Neuralgia

Occipital Neuralgia

Occasionally, either the C2 or C3 nerve root can get pinched as it leaves the cervical spine. These are mostly sensory nerve roots, and if they are pinched it can cause a chronic headache. Pain is generally felt in the back of the head or the occipital region.

The headache can usually be relieved through one or a combination of nonsurgical treatments, including:

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In very severe cases (which are rare), a surgical decompression of the cervical nerve root may be needed to relieve pressure on the nerve.

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Article written by: Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., MD