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Occipital Neuralgia


 

Patients with occipital neuralgia have a problem with the nerves that go from the spinal cord, through the neck, and into the scalp. These nerves become inflamed, causing a sharp head and neck pain that can sometimes feel like a migraine. Other symptoms of occipital neuralgia can include back of head pain that starts at the base and radiates to the scalp, pain that feels like it is behind the eye, light sensitivity, and pain that worsens when twisting the neck. The main cause of occipital neuralgia is the compression of the occipital nerves, whether it’s from injury, trauma, arthritis, infection, or a tumor. In order to treat occipital neuralgia, our pain management clinic will perform a chiropractic adjustment to realign the spine and relieve pressure on the occipital nerves. Additionally, we can provide physical therapy exercises to provide back and neck pain relief.

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