Cranial Nerve Blocks
Cranial nerve blocks, also known as occipital nerve blocks, are one option for patients suffering from post-concussive headaches and migraine. Cranial nerve blocks temporarily numb the cranial nerves using a combination of injectable lidocaine and bupivacaine. For some patients, this treatment can bring relief when other types of medications have failed. Cranial nerve blocks are administered every three weeks.
The nerve blocks are injected into targeted injection points around the head based on the patient's specific areas of pain and can offer relief for those who have not experienced improvement in their pain after trying other types of headache and migraine medications.
Patients who experience 15 or more headache days per month or who experience migraine episodes lasting more than four hours per episode may be covered by their insurance for this treatment.