This is a condition that is caused by irritation of the Greater and lesser Occipital Nerves, which are located in the back of the head and originate at the C2-C3 cervical levels. This condition is characterized by occipital headaches, tenderness behind the ear, pain in the upper neck, behind the eyes, behind the ear, and sometimes jaw.
Occipital neuralgia is often caused by trauma such as whiplash injury following a motor vehicle accident, concussion, neck sprains, or tension in the upper neck muscles. Many patients suffering with occipital neuralgia are diagnosed with Migraine Headaches which often have overlapping symptoms.
At RA Pain services, we specialize in treatment of Occipital Neuralgia. Treatments are variable, and often include conservative treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, gentle traction to relieve muscle tension and improve range of motion. Some patients will benefit from Greater Occipital Nerve Block, which is simple procedure usually performed in the office and may offer significant pain relief.