If you have occipital neuralgia, your team of neurosurgeons will work with you to tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs. Occipital neuralgia can be treated temporarily or permanently, depending on the severity. Often it can be managed conservatively, with medication and physical therapy, as well as with surgery.
Occipital neuralgia treatments may include:
- Pain-management techniques like massage, medication or physical therapy
- An occipital nerve block, in which medication is injected around the occipital nerves to ease pain
- Microvascular decompression, a minimally invasive surgery to stop the blood vessel from pressing on the nerve