The occipital nerves travel from the neck or cervical spine to the back of the head and scalp behind the ears on each side. These major nerves provide sensation to the back of the head, starting at the base of the back of the head up to the forehead and eyes. When these nerves are compressed or irritated, they can cause headaches and pain known as occipital neuralgia. At CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago, we offer occipital neuralgia treatment to relieve pain and provide relief to our patients.

Causes and Symptoms of Occipital Neuralgia

The most common causes of occipital neuralgia involve mechanical or anatomical issues in the cervical spine or neck. Spinal conditions, such as spinal stenosis, bone spurs or spinal arthritis, could all put pressure on the occipital nerves as they leave the spine. Other causes include muscle spasms or trigger points in the neck muscles from stress or an injury. Symptoms of occipital neuralgia include:

Relieving occipital neuralgia symptoms begin with identifying the cause of nerve compression or irritation. Interventional pain treatments, including injection therapy, may be used to reduce inflammation or muscle spasms that can cause nerve pressure. Treating the underlying spinal condition may be necessary to relieve nerve root compression. Our double board certified physicians at CLEAR Wellness Group will determine the best treatment plan to offer relief for our patients with occipital neuralgia.

If you have been experiencing symptoms of occipital neuralgia and want to explore pain relief treatment options, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group today to schedule your appointment. We offer innovative pain treatment options and whole health care at our clinic in Chicago.