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Occipital Neuralgia in Gilbert, AZ

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Heat therapy
  • Physical or massage therapy
  • Routine exercise, stretches, yoga
  • Medication: over-the-counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medications, prescription muscle relaxants, and anticonvulsants
  • Percutaneous nerve blocks
  • Botox Injections to reduce inflammation in the affected nerve
  • Surgical options:
    • Occipital Nerve Stimulation: in this procedure, your medical professional implants a small device at the base of your skull that sends electrical impulses to the occipital nerve to reduce the frequency of headaches or migraines.
    • Spinal Cord Stimulation: This procedure is similar to occipital nerve stimulation, but your medical professional will implant the electrodes of the stimulator in your epidural space and the power source near your buttocks or abdomen. Spinal cord stimulation treats or manages different types of chronic pain, while occipital nerve stimulation only treats or manages head pain.
    • C2,3 Ganglionectomy: During this procedure, your medical professional removes the second or third cervical sensory dorsal root ganglion to reduce pain caused by occipital neuralgia.


Common symptoms of occipital neuralgia include continuous aching, burning, and throbbing pain coupled with intermittent shocking or shooting pain at the base of the head.

The pain may travel up the scalp on one or both sides of the head. Those living with occipital neuralgia may experience pain behind the eyes. Some living with occipital neuralgia may experience tenderness on their scalp and photosensitivity.


Many causes of head pain are attributed to chronic neck tension or pinched nerves in the neck, but the cause of occipital neuralgia is not always known. Potential causes include:

  • Blood vessel inflammation
  • Cervical disc disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Head or neck injury
  • Infection
  • Osteoarthritis of the upper cervical spine
  • Trauma to occipital nerves

The Pain Experts of Arizona was founded to bring the highest level of care in a state-of-the-art setting that emphasizes the belief of treating our patients with the same respect, compassion, and dedication we would treat our own friends and family.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on your way to an active life without the limitations of chronic pain. From our Phoenix office, The Pain Experts of Arizona, serves pain management patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and the entire Phoenix area.